With the summer season officially upon us, it’s time to enjoy some of those warm rays of sunshine. While the high temps make for great vacations and beach outings, they also make dangerous conditions for not only people but dogs too. Our dogs enjoy being outside so much that it’s easy to forget that they could very easily start to overheat or worse if left out in the heat too long. We’ve put together some tips to help you ensure that your pup is safe during the hottest months of the year.
*Don’t Skimp on the Water
When the temperatures rise, it doesn’t take long for your dog to become dehydrated. Make sure your pet always has access to plenty of clean water. If you’re the adventurous type and hikes are a regular part of your pup’s life, make sure you are taking enough water for you and your pup on your excursions.
Summer is perfect time for you and your pet to enjoy some water fun. Whether it’s the beach, a lake, or your backyard swimming pool, don’t forget pet safety. Always supervise your dog when swimming in the pool and make sure he knows how to get out. If you and your pup are enjoying some boating action, make sure he has a doggy life vest on. When chasing waves, make sure the tide isn’t too high and the current isn’t too strong for your pup.
To avoid overheating, limit the amount of time your pet is outside during peak sun hours. When outside, make sure there is some form of shade or shelter for your pup to keep cool under. No shady outside area? That’s okay, take your dog to Paws Pet Resorts where he can play with his furry friends in a climate controlled environment. When going for walks or runs, make sure the asphalt isn’t too hot for your four-legged friend. Just to be safe, place your palm on the ground for thirty seconds to assess the ground temperature.
*No Car, No Brainer
When running errands with your dog in the car you may often think “I’ll only be ten minutes, he’ll be fine”. Sorry to say this, but you are dead wrong. On a hot day, the inside of your car can reach up to thirty degrees warmer than it is outside, even with your windows cracked. This happens quickly and it doesn’t take much more time for your dog to have a heat stroke. It’s very simple to avoid this danger all together, leave your pet at home if you are going somewhere he can’t go. Never leave your dog in a parked car.
*Watch for Warning Signs
As mentioned above, overheating and heat stroke are a real probability during the hot summer months. Brush up on some medical knowledge and make sure you know what to look for in regards to heat stroke. Common symptoms to look out for include panting or heavy breathing, drooling, weakness and lethargy. Consult with your vet at the beginning of summer for a check up and to discuss any health risks your dog may be susceptible to in the heat.
With these tips we hope you will take extra precautions this summer when it comes to your pup’s well being. Remember, dogs are our family. It’s important for them to safely enjoy summer activities with the family. Have fun and stay cool!