Ice­blocks in but corn­cobs are out

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It’s ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion when it comes to doggy treats this sum­mer

As Kiwi’s kick back for hol­i­days it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber a few safety tips to keep­ing man’s best friend safe and happy in the sum­mer months.

Se­nior vet­eri­nar­ian and owner of Rap­paw Ve­teri­nary Clin­ics, Dr Ian Schraa, said com­mon sense from own­ers would help en­sure Fido’s safe sum­mer.

As well as days spent by the wa­ter, sum­mer is the time for bar­be­ques - an op­por­tune time for a hun­gry dog.

Schraa said there was no harm in shar­ing food with your friend but, like hu­mans, ev­ery­thing in mod­er­a­tion.

‘‘ A cube of choco­late is ok, but we don’t want them to have a whole block.’’

Too many grapes, sul­tanas, toma­toes and onions aren’t good for a dog’s blood­stream, but the one item firmly off the menu was corn­cobs.

‘‘They’re the clas­sic bar­be­cue food and are the per­fect size to get stuck in a labradors gut. Keep them well away.’’

The al­wayspop­u­lar bones were per­fect for gnaw­ing on hot sum­mer days, but needed to mon­i­tored, he said.

‘‘They need to be given for about half an hour, you want the dog to clean the bone not eat the bone.

‘‘You don’t want them crack­ing it open which is when they get splin­ters.’’

A novel way of keep­ing Fido be cool is by mak­ing ice­blocks made out of frozen chicken stock or even freez­ing bits of dog­food within the block, he said. Con­crete and riverbeds can heat up in sum­mer and be hard on paws. White dogs, and cats, should have sun­block ap­plied to their ears and noses. When it comes to cop­ing with sum­mer heat own­ers should use their com­mon sense, par­tic­u­larly if tempted to leave a dog in the car.

‘‘Heat ex­haus­tion dam­ages or­gans - they lit­er­ally cook. The eas­i­est rule is just don’t leave your dog in the car.

‘‘Flat-nosed breeds like pugs and bull­dogs are par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble to heat and need ex­tra care.’’

Ros­alind Als­ford from Welling­ton SPCA agreed and warned that dogs can’t reg­u­late their own body tem­per­a­ture so be­ing left in a hot car can prove fa­tal.

‘‘On a 30 de­gree day for ex­am­ple, the tem­per­a­ture in­side your car - even with the win­dows slightly opened or in the shade - will reach 39 de­grees within 10 min­utes.

‘‘In 30 min­utes it can climb up to 49 de­grees, or even higher, and for any pet trapped in­side it be­comes like an oven.

‘‘These con­di­tions can eas­ily mean death for the an­i­mal.’’

PHOTO: GE­ORGE HEARD/FAIRFAX NZ

Holly Jamieson and her stan­dard schnau­zer Jasper have cre­ated an on­line pe­ti­tion to get the coun­cil to over­turn an ear­lier de­ci­sion to in­crease the sum­mer dog beach ban from three months to five months.

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