Everyone, including your dog, is waiting for the arrival of summer. If you are wondering about the challenges for your furry friend this summer, here are some tips that will help you keep your pup cool when the temperatures rise.
Exercise is extremely important for you and your pet. As the weather improves, you would want to go outside and take your dog out too. Try walking your dog either in the mornings or evenings. Avoid going out in the afternoon when the sun is hot.
Cool Inside Out
You need to ensure that your dog is cool inside too. Keeping your dog hydrated is important. S/he should have a drink available when your pup needs one. Excessive panting shows that your pet needs to cool down. Try frozen treats.
Do NOT Leave Your Dog in A Hot Car
If there is a situation in which you may need to leave your dog in a hot car, leave your dog home instead. Temperatures can rise quickly inside a closed car. It would make your dog pant excessively to release the heat and can lead to serious health issues, including death. Call 911 if you see a dog left unattended in a hot car.
Protect the Feet
Pavement and asphalt can be scorching. When you take your dog on a walk, remember that this/her feet need protection too. Buy doggie shoes to protect their feet from the sizzling ground below. The delicate pads in his/her feet can dry, crack and burn.
Protect the Eyes
Dogs have sensitive eyes which can get blinded in the Sun. Dog shades can protect your pup’s eyes from the Sun’s hot, bright rays. When you ride with your dog in the car, let him/her look out the window, tongue flapping. Shades can also help you pup avoid bugs or anything else flying around.
Find new ways to keep your dog cool. For instance, fill a kiddie pool with some water and let your pup lay in it when hot. How about a bed or cot that keeps your furry friend a little above the hot ground or an umbrella for some shade? But do not forget to move or adjust the umbrella or shade as the Sun moves across the sky and changes direction.
It is not difficult to keep your dog active during summer but watch out for signs of exhaustion or overheating.