Want to be a better caregiver for your dog? Just follow these tips:
- Using metal water dishes outside in the winter might be a hazard, since your pet's tongue could get stuck to the frozen metal. During the summer, metal dishes can get very hot, and could burn your dog's tongue
- Do not leave your dog in the car unattended during hot days. Even with the windows open, temperatures in cars can reach lethal levels.
- Do not make your dog walk on extremely hot or cold surfaces, since the pads of their paws are sensitive. If it is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then chances are, it is too hot for your dog, too.
- Keep your dog safe. A fenced yard with a doghouse is a bonus, especially for larger breeds; however, dogs should never be left outside alone, or for extended periods of time. Dogs need and crave companionship, and should spend most of their time with their family, not alone outside.
- Foreign objects can get stuck in your dog's pads. Check frequently between their toes for foxtails, pebbles, small bits of broken glass and other debris. These troublesome items can generally be removed with a pair of tweezers.