Dog Days of Summer!

Summer is fast approaching! While the summer months hold an array of fun outdoor activities for you and your pooch, it is very important to take precautions against the summer sun. The HSUS offers these tips for pet owners to keep their furry friends safe this summer:

• In nice weather you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even if you're parked in the shade. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car. Dogs and cats can't perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets who are left in hot cars even briefly can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even die. Don't think that just because you'll be gone "just a minute" that your pet will be safe while you're gone; even an air conditioned car with the motor off isn't healthy for your pet. To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, be sure to play it safe by leaving your pet cool and refreshed at home while you're on the road. And if you do happen to see a pet in a car alone during the hot summer months, alert the management of the store where the car is parked. If the owner does not return promptly, call local animal control or the police department immediately.

For more information, check out HSUS' page on pets and hot cars

• It is very dangerous, and in some states illegal, to drive with a dog in the back of a pick-up truck. Not only can flying debris cause serious injury, but a dog may be unintentionally thrown into traffic if the driver suddenly hits the brakes, swerves, or is hit by another car. Dogs should ride either in the cab of a truck (in a crate or wearing a seat belt harness designed for dogs) or in a secured crate in the bed of the truck.

• Summer is often a time when people fertilize their lawns and work in their gardens. But beware: Plant food, fertilizer, and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them. In addition, more than 700 plants can produce physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.

• With people and dogs spending more time outside, dog bites are likely to increase in the summer months. Spaying or neutering your dog reduces the likelihood that he will bite and provides many other health benefits.

Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag. If you are separated from your pet, an ID tag may very well be his or her ticket home.

• Check with your veterinarian to see if your pets should be taking heartworm prevention medication. Heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal in both dogs and cats.

• Pets and pools can equal disaster. Prevent free access to pools and always supervise a pet in a pool.

• Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets while they're enjoying the great outdoors so they can stay cool.

• If you plan on traveling with your pet during the summer, take the time to prepare for your furry friends in advance. Many airlines have summer pet embargoes, and most trains and ships do not allow pets other than service animals. The HSUS has information on traveling with your pet that may make the difference between a pleasant trip and a vacation nightmare.

• Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws.

• Another summertime threat is fleas and ticks. Use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Some over-the-counter flea and tick products can be toxic, even when used according to instructions.

Pets can get sunburned too, and your pet may require sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer.

• In summer heat your pet can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These conditions are very serious and could cause your pet to die. You should be aware of the signs of heat stress, which could include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue. If your pet does become overheated, you need to immediately lower his body temperature. Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water over his body to gradually lower his core body temperature. Apply cold towels or ice packs to your pet's head, neck, and chest only. Let your pet drink small amounts of water or lick ice cubes. Most importantly, get him to a veterinarian immediately.

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June Dog Friendly Events

Visit our new page detailing Free Dog Friendly Summer Concerts
in Orange County! As noted above, please ensure you have plenty of shade & cool water for your pal on warmer summer concert days:

Friday, June 15th
Muttropolis’ Mutt Mingle
Fashion Island
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 23rd
2007 DAWG Walk, Pet Faire & Pancake Breakfast
Potocki Center & Fields
27301 La Paz Road
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Leash up your favorite dog to join the fun and festivities at the fields by the Potocki Conference Center, with a scenic walk on the beautiful Oso Creek Trail. This annual dog friendly event benefits D.A.W.G., Dedicated Animal Welfare Group and the Mission Viejo Animal Shelter

Follow this link for more info on the DAWG Walk, Pet Faire & Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, June 24th
Summer Pet Portraits with Patricia Marin
Muttropolis – Fashion Island

Grab your pooch and your beach gear and join us for “Fun at the beach” Professional Pet Portrait Day. $10 for a 4×6 photo. Additional packages available. Find out more at 5% of proceeds benefit the Irvine Animal Care Center.
11:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursday, June 28th
San Clemente Art Walk
Downtown San Clemente comes alive with local artists and live music! This is a collaborative event between the San Clemente Art Association, the City of San Clemente and the Downtown Business Association.

San Clemente's Art Walk is held from 6pm - 9pm on the LAST THURSDAY of the month from MAY - SEPTEMBER along Avenida Del Mar.

Saturday, June 30th
Muttropolis’ Yorkie Meet-Up
Fashion Island

Come party with other Yorkies like you!
Plus, enjoy 10% off your purchase. 11:00 am

Wednesday, July 4th
Lake Forest July 4th Parade - America the Beautiful

Join the Orange County Animal Shelter Coalition's Lake Forest July 4th Parade entry. This is a wonderful opportunity to get out the SCAS's message of support for a pro-humane animal shelter in South Orange County.

Bring your family, friends, and of course your pooch to this dog friendly event! Transportation will be provided to keep them from getting hot paws in the July heat.

Parade starts at 10:00am at the corner of Toledo Way & Ridge Route (in front of El Toro High School) and ends at the corner of Lake Forest Drive & Serrano Way (Heritage Hill Historical Park).

Thank you for reading The OC Dogumentary...we hope you share a wonderful summer together!

Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary