The weather is getting warmer and Summer is just around the corner. Follow these tips to keep your pooch cool and safe in the heat!
Never leave your dog in the car.
Even in 70 degree weather, temperatures inside a car can reach 100 degrees within minutes. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), cracking windows does little to reduce temperatures. If you can’t be in the car with your pet with the AC on, leave them home.
Make sure your dog has access to fresh water.
Your pooch needs three to four times more water in the summer months. Be sure to keep fresh, cold water in the house along with an outside water bowl. Wash the bowl regularly and keep it out of the sun.
Take walks in cooler hours of the day.
Save your daily strolls for before 9am and after 6pm to avoid the hottest part of the day. If it’s an option, walk on the shady side of the street for a little more relief. Remember to bring lots of water and a collapsible bowl for a mid-walk thirst quencher.
Stay off hot surfaces.
Dogs are closer to the ground which makes them more susceptible to heat radiating from hot surfaces. If possible, walk on a grassy path or shaded sidewalk to avoid burning your dog’s paw pads. Not sure how hot the street is? Test it out by resting your hand on it. If it’s too hot for you to touch, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet.
Give your pet a short ‘do.
It may be tempting to shave your dog for the summer, but your pet’s fur actually offers some protection from sunburns. If your dog appears to get overheated due to a thick coat, be sure to leave at least an inch of hair to help protect from the sun’s rays.
Keep your pet parasite free.
Fleas are a huge nuisance in warmer months. Oral medications can help prevent flea attacks. Ticks and mosquitos are abundant in summer months as well. Prevention is key in avoiding horrible diseases like heartworm, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
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