Summer may be the time when you want to make the most of those clear skies, but you should pause and think of your furry friend before making your way to the beaches. Since most dogs have fur on their bodies, they cannot cool off as much through sweating as their hoomans.
Keep reading to learn the best dog care tips this summer, and keep your precious pets from getting a heat stroke or infection.
Spare Some Sun Protection for the Pooch
If your think fur’s enough to protect a canine from sunburn, think again. While the coat does help, some dogs with particularly short or light-hued fur may still get burned.
The uncensored sun has the same side effects for canines as it does for humans—they get flushed, develop blisters, and might even get skin cancer in the long run.
Therefore, you have to get a sunscreen compatible for pets and apply it after every four to five hours on patches where the fur’s running short, say the belly, ears, nose, and even the paws, for good measure.
Hot Car? Hell No!
If you’ve read the bit where we mentioned dogs can’t cool down by sweating, you should know they don’t stand a chance when left in the car on a hot day.
In case you’re not aware, a car parked under open skies in the summer can heat to twice the actual temperature. Leaving your dog in there can lead to a stroke within minutes.
Read Your Pupper’s Body Language
Dogs like to take care of rising body temperatures by sweating out what they can, drinking water, panting, and releasing heat through their paws.
However, when the heat gets too much, you might want to watch out for change in their panting patterns, heavy drool, chapped and inflamed gums, diarrhea, dry heaving or vomiting, and uneven steps.
These are signs that your pooch needs a bit of shade to cool off. You can take extra measures by scrubbing their body with a wet cloth, but nothing too cold. If the symptoms persist, bring them to a vet for a checkup.
Beware the Water
When out on the beach or even by the pool, keep an eye on signs of struggle or exhaustion because getting out is much harder than diving in, and they might need your assistance to get back on dry ground.
Moreover, be safe when taking a water ride by buying them a life vest, even if the waters are tranquil and there’s no storm on the horizon.
Keep Out the Summer Insects
If you’re wondering how an animal ends up getting infected in the summer, this right here’s your answer. When the weather’s practically tropical, it brings mosquitos, ticks, and other bloodsuckers with it that leave behind a host of diseases your puppy’s poor immune system may be too weak to fight.
We recommend preventive measures in the form of grass trimming and at least one visit to the clinic for prescriptive medicine against these parasites. Pesticides may kill the insects, but they’re not exactly pet-friendly.
Break-In Those Doggy Boots
Now’s the time to invest in pooch footwear—you know why? Because dogs do have skin on their paws, it feels hot surfaces like humans do. In the summers, the paws are usually where the heat enters their body, so you need to keep them off blistering hot, open surfaces, like roads, streets, and even your own front and backyard.
Our certified dog behaviorist suggests a simple spray of water on their paws and doggy boots when they’re out and about town with you. They look cute and get the job done. It’s a win-win!
Reconfigure Your Daily Walks
Your dog needs its daily walk—how else will it take care of business and scope out the ladies? In the warm season, however, you should push your walks back or bring them forward.
Instead of going out in the middle of the day, take your pup with you on your early morning runs, or go out in the evenings when the temperatures drop.
Continue the Trim Routine
Doggy fur’s a bit of a twofer. It keeps your pet from cooling off by sweating out but also does its best to keep the coat cool when temperatures run high and warm when they run low.
Therefore, you must not get rid of their coat during the summer season. It keeps them snug and cozy in the evenings and protects them from sunburn during the day. You’re better off keeping their fur the same as always—only trimming when absolutely necessary. However, if you must shave, leave at least an inch of coat on.
Don’t Be Late to Hydrate
You think we get thirstier during the summers? Wait till you see your new dog. Indeed, canines drink way more water in higher temperatures than humans because they get hotter faster.
Keep refilling its water dish when at home, make the food extra moist, and carry a spare water bottle with you at all times when outdoors. No amount is too much for your pooch.
We also recommend standing under awnings and shaded areas as much as possible when out and about because the only sun your pup’s getting is sunstroke—there’s no tan in between.
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