We all want to think on the bright side of life, but let’s face it, accidents happen, extreme weather forecasts happen, and so do unforeseen circumstances. So what do you need to be aware of and ready for in such events regarding your double coated dog?
Heat and Fire
In this day and age, torrential thunderstorms and extreme, blistering heat are becoming more common and can cause a whole lot of problems for your double coated dog. Double coats are great for protecting the sun’s toxic damage to a dog’s skin, but their face, ears and their nose in particular are prone to the sun’s harmful rays and possible cancers. Then there are the surfaces you walk your dog on such as tarmac, rocks, or concrete which can all be extremely hot on a blistering hot day. Being prepared by walking your dog in shady areas such as the local bush walking trails or forests, on grass or cooler ground surfaces, take them for a swim or visit an indoor dog park. If you have a home with 2 or more storeys, then set up a game where they have to run up and down the stairs to either get treats or to chase a toy. These are all possible solutions to avoid the hot weather. But what about fire? Are you prepared for the possibility of evacuation if a fire threatens your best friend and your home? Even if you don’t live in a high-risk fire hazard area, there is always the chance something could trigger one in your home. Come up with an evacuation plan and emergency kit so you have the best interests of you and your family (including the dogs and other pets) at heart. For a double-coated dog, it is essential to have their vaccination certificates, any medications, spare water and food bowls (with bottled water and long-life dog food as well), towels, blankets, leads, combs and brushes, and favourite toys all together in an easy-to-grab basket or bag that sits near the exit. Get into the habit of putting the everyday items in here so you don’t have to gather them up in an emergency. You just want to pick up your dogs and their kits and get out.
Storms and Flooding
At the other end of the scale, there are thunderstorms and flooding. My dog goes wild running up and down and barking when a clap of thunder comes out of the sky. So imagine how stressed and anxious he would be if he was caught in a flood situation? Again, you need to have a plan in place should you be aware of an incoming twister, thunderstorm, or flood. This includes more than just climbing onto the top of your house hoping the water won’t reach you. Again, have a kit ready to go, but also make sure you know the quickest and safest way out if you have to flee either by car, boat, bike, or even by foot. You should already have a good understanding of the layout around your local area from walking your double coated dog, but in case you don’t, take the time to familiarise not only yourself, but your dog as well as they will be the ones who can easily navigate a path away from danger (especially if they already know of the various routes available to them).
Top Three Essentials
1. Have an emergency kit ready – whether it’s a basket, bag or backpack (if you are on foot)
2. Keep up with the weather forecasts as this gives you the best warning of any impending natural disaster
3. If you have a car, make sure it always has fuel in it, has good tyres and is serviced regularly in case you need to make a quick escape
These basic tips apply to any weather condition, so be prepared, and you and your dog’s chances of survival will go from poor to very good.