Pet Dish TV: Pet summer safety

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June 29, 2018

For many of us, summer celebrations involve travel, barbeques, and fireworks. Although fun for us, it can be a stressful time for our pets. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s a few, simple things you can do to make sure your pet is safe and comfortable all summer long.


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Learn more about how you can help your pet feel comfortable this Fourth of July.

Grill-outs or barbeques

When grilling outside with friends, try to keep your dog away from the grill. We know how yummy it smells, but there are a lot of common summertime foods that are dangerous or toxic to dogs, including:

  • Avocados
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Watermelon seeds
  • Cooked bones, like chicken bones

It’s always a good idea to bring a treat for your pet so they can enjoy something yummy while you do too! Check out our recipe and instructions for making your own frozen dog treats.

Warm weather

Minnesota summers can be hot and steamy. While we still enjoy the time outside, our animals can’t tell us when they’re too warm and need a break from the heat.

Never leave your pet in your car unattended. Remember, cars heat up quickly, so it’s best to leave your pet at home in a cooler environment. Or tag-team those errands and have someone stay in the car with your pet while blasting the AC.

Check the pavement before heading out on walks. If it’s too hot for you to hold your hand to it, then the pavement is too hot for your dog’s paws. Try taking early morning walks or keep them short and on the grass.

Keep your pooch cool with a pupsicle!

What you need:

  • 1 can of wet dog food
  • 1 cup of water
  • Dog treats (quarter size or smaller)
  • A blender
  • Cupcake molds or tins

What to do:

  1. Put ¾ of a can of dog food in a blender.
  2. Add at least 1 cup of water and blend.
  3. Pour mixture into cupcake molds.
  4. Top with ½ of a dog treat and remaining dog food.
  5. Cover and put in the freezer.
  6. Wait patiently.
  7. Watch your dog enjoy!

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