Summer is the best time to have fun with your dog outside, if you choose the best timing, which is the early morning and evening. As everyone’s dog is most probably their favourite best friend (I know mine is), we’ve summed up a few tips for you to take care of your dog in the summer heat!
1. Never Leave Your Dog in the Car
Even if you know that you won’t take long in the supermarket, don’t risk leaving your dog alone. The temperature can go up by 10 degrees if the car remains locked for 10 minutes. You can leave your dog at home, which is 100% safer, or go to places that allow pets inside.
2. Measure the Pavements’ Heat
Touch the pavement and if it’s to hot for your hand, it’s probably going to be very hard for your dog to walk on all fours with its paw pads touching the ground all the time. You might consider buying booties for your dog so their paws don’t burn them. Or you could choose a time of day where the sun isn’t sourching hot, like really early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is set. Either way, always check the pavements’ temperature
3. Keep Your Dog Free of External Parasites
Summer is every flea’s and tick’s favourite time of the year, consult your veterinarian about the best product to guard your dog from the external parasites for your pet. But we personally recommend that you comb your dog’s hair every day (or as much as possible) after spraying Omni Guard on him.
4. Don’t shave!
This may seem like the easiest way to keep your dog safe from overheating, but the layers of fur help protect your dog from overheating and sunburn. More harm will be done if the coat is shaved. That being said, you should know that trimming long hair is fine though.
Consult your vet before shaving your dog’s hair, to see if it would be beneficial for your dog or not. And also, it might look like your dog lost a battle with a safety scissor happy toddler if you don’t let someone professional shave them.
5. Heat Stroke
Dogs, like humans, can suffer from heat stroke. Heat stroke in dogs can develop rapidly with exposure to high temperatures, humidity and poor ventilation.
Look out for these symptoms:
- A staring or anxious expression
- Failure to respond to commands
- Warm, dry skin
- Rapid heartbeat
- Extremely high temperature
A fun way to help your doggo shed some weight that could lead them to very easily overheat in the summer is exercising. Doing a bit of light exercise with your dog will also make workouts much more fun for you and them and will help you both lose the weight you put on in the winter. If you just make sure your dog isn’t exposed to extreme high temperaturve for long periods of time, while keeping them well hydrated you and your beloved best friend should be just fine. Send this to all the dog owners you know and spread some doggie love.