Summer means spending a lot of time outdoors and soaking in those rays–but the dangers that can also come with the sweltering heat are something to be aware of for yourself and your pup too. If you’re not careful, the summertime can have many repercussions for your dog’s wellbeing. That is why we have provided you a few tips to help you the best ways to keep your dog safe this summer.
Make Sure Your Dog has Plenty of Shade and Water
With the high temperatures associated with summer, dogs are vulnerable to overheating if left outside for long periods of time. Be sure to give your pet plenty of water to stay hydrated, and have areas of shade for them to hide from the summer sun. Even leaving a kiddie pool outside for them to play in will give them a great sense of relief from the heat!
It is also important to note that all dogs are not created equally when it comes to how much heat they can manage. Short-nosed dogs have a much harder time being outside when it’s hot. Their noses make it difficult to breathe in air, causing them to overheat faster than the longer nosed breeds.
If you notice your dog is acting lethargic or exhibiting signs of excessive thirst or salivation, then it is best to get them inside or to a cool place and visit the veterinarian as fast as possible. Other symptoms may include lack of appetite, fever, rapid heartbeat, or heavy panting.
Every year, pet owners make the terrible mistake of leaving their dogs in a parked car during the hot summer days–even just for a minute. On a 90-degree day, temperatures in a car can soar as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes, rapidly turning your vehicle into a death trap. Pet owners may think they are playing it safe by leaving the window down or parking in the shade, but that does not prevent temperatures from rapidly rising to dangerous levels in the vehicle.
The only way a dog can cool off is by panting or sweating through their paws, making it much harder for them to cope with the heat. In just a short amount of time, a dog can experience irreversible brain or organ damage, suffocation, or heat stroke.
Only bring your pet with on a hot day if you know the place you are going allows animals to avoid leaving your dog in the parked car.
Make sure your dog is equipped to handle fleas and ticks this season by giving them a monthly spot treatment for flea and tick prevention. If you and your pup love the great outdoors, it is better to be safe than sorry. These tiny pests can carry many diseases including Lyme disease and flea allergy dermatitis. Using a preventative can help keep your pet safe all season long.
Keep Your Pet’s Paws Protected
With the rise in temperatures, the pavement can feel more like hot coals than concrete, and can easily harm your pet’s paws if walked on. To avoid injured paws, it is best to walk your dog in an area where it is shady or grassy. You should also try to go out during times when it is much cooler such as the early morning or late evening. Try touching the pavement to see how hot your hand gets. If the pavement is too hot for your hand, then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
With the sunny days and high heat, it is important to remember that our furry friends are strongly affected by the increasing temperatures. By following these summer safety tips, you and your pet can enjoy all the fun this time of year brings!