Summertime is a great time to spend with your furry friend, but it’s important to remember that the summer heat can be dangerous for all dogs. Here are some tips to help keep your dog safe during the summer months…
Keep Your Dog Hydrated
Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water, especially if you’re spending time outside. Carry a collapsible water bowl and a bottle of water with you when you’re out and about. You can also add ice cubes to their water to help keep them cool.
If you’re going to be outside with your dog, make sure they have access to shade. Bring an umbrella, set up a canopy or find a shady spot under a tree. Remember that dogs can get sunburned too, especially if they have short hair or light-colored fur.
Don’t Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car
Never leave your dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a car can reach deadly levels in just a few minutes. If you need to run errands, leave your dog at home in the air conditioning.
Watch for Signs of Heatstroke
Heatstroke is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated. Watch for signs of heatstroke, including panting, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, take them to a veterinarian immediately.
Adjust Your Exercise Routine
If you normally exercise with your dog outdoors, consider adjusting your routine during the summer months. Try to exercise early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cooler outside. You can also find indoor activities like agility classes or indoor swimming to keep your dog active.
Protect Your Dog’s Paws
Hot pavement can burn your dog’s paws, so avoid walking on hot pavement or asphalt during the hottest part of the day. You can also buy booties for your dog to protect their paws.
If your dog has short hair or light-colored fur, they may be susceptible to sunburn. You can use a pet-safe sunscreen to protect their skin from the sun.
Keep Bugs at Bay
Summer is prime time for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Use flea and tick prevention products and consider using a mosquito repellent to keep your dog safe from these pests.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Keep a first aid kit and emergency supplies in your car or home in case of an emergency. Know the location of the nearest emergency veterinarian and have their contact information readily available.
By following these tips, you can help keep your dog safe and comfortable during the hot summer months. Remember to always prioritize your dog’s safety and well-being, and consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your dog’s health.
About Walk’n Dogs – A Dog Care Company | Maitland, FL
Rachel has been working in the Pet Care Industry for the past seven years, and started her career in a local Canine Health & Fitness Center that also incorporated canine hydrotherapy, dog daycare & boarding. While working there, Rachel also became certified in canine hydrotherapy at the Canine Fitness Institute.
Rachel is currently the owner/founder of Dip’n Dogs Canine Hydrotherapy and Walk’n Dogs – A Dog Walking Service in the Orlando, FL area. Dip’n Dogs provides water therapy for dogs with any orthopedic condition, degenerative disease, injury or obesity. Walk’n Dogs provides in-home visits for dog walking, pet sitting, pet taxi and pet errands. Each service is customized to fit each dog and their needs. Walk’n Dogs caters to Winter Park, Baldwin Park, Maitland, College Park, Casselberry, Parts of Altamonte Springs, Winter Springs & Oviedo, FL.
Rachel is also the owner and dog mom to her two beagles, Leo and Lola.