There’s no reason to stay inside this summer. You can enjoy the summer with your dog safely with a few simple tips. Summer is a great time to go out and have fun with your dog, but there are a few hazards to watch out for. Keep these safety tips in mind this summer to help keep your dog safe:
1. Give Your Dog Plenty of Water & Shade
If you’re going to be outside for long periods of time with your dog this summer make sure he has a nice shady spot to rest in and plenty of water. Dog’s can’t regulate heat as well as us, so it’s not as easy for them to stay cool. Prolonged heat exposure puts them at risk for developing heat stroke.
Heat and humidity cause potential hazards to your dogs health. So remember if you’re not comfortable because it’s too hot your dog feels the same. Keep them inside on days when it’s really hot.
2. Use a Kiddie Pool or Sprinkler to Keep Cool
Does your dog love the water? Fill up a kiddie pool with water for your pup to cool off in. I suggest picking up a plastic one, since their nails can tear the softer ones. Don’t have a kiddie pool? Plenty of dogs enjoy playing with the hose or sprinklers.
3. Avoid Prolonged Exposure to Hot Sand & Pavement
Avoid prolonged exposure to sand and hot asphalt – it can burn your dogs paws. In the summer try to walk your dog in the morning or evening when the pavement isn’t so hot. If you walk during the day stick to grassy or wooded areas.
4. Short Faced Dogs Are More Susceptible to Heat Stroke
If you have a short faced dog like a Bulldog or Pug remember that they don’t pant efficiently; they’re much more susceptible to heat stroke. Bulldogs are especially intolerant to heat. They should have limited access to the outdoors when the weather gets above 80 degrees.
5. Don’t Leave Your Dog Alone in a Hot Car
Never leave your dog inside your car in hot weather; a cracked window isn’t enough to keep a car cool. It’s also illegal in many states.
6. Avoid Strenuous Exercise
Avoid strenuous exercise during extremely hot days & keep the sessions short. The same goes for days with high humidity. For those really hot days check out some simple activities to keep your dog busy indoors.
7. Watch Out For Doggie Sunburn
Dogs can get sunburn – especially light colored dogs with short fur. There are sun protection lotions specifically formulated for dogs. Don’t use human sunscreen on your pet; many of the chemicals are toxic to them.
8. Make Sure Your Pet is Protected from Pests
Ticks and mosquitoes are at their peak in the summer. Talk to your vet about the different preventatives available. Do a thorough skin check (the same one you’d do for fleas) on your dog after coming inside to look for ticks.
9. Watch Your Dog Around Treated Lawns
Keep dogs off lawns that have been chemically treated with fertilizer for at least 24 hours. Many of the chemicals used in lawn treatments are toxic to pets.
10. Shaving Your Dog Might Not Keep Him Cool
Do not shave your dog because he’s panting. If you have a double coated breed their fur is actually providing relief from the heat, and shaving it will make it worse.