Summer’s here and the temps are rising, but your dog doesn’t have to suffer in the heat. Here are some top tips to help you keep your pet cool all summer long.
Watch the water
Your dog will need more water on hotter days, even if they aren’t outside for very long. Always make sure you leave clean, cool water for your dog to drink. If they’re outside, make sure the bowl isn’t one that can get too hot (plastic is a better choice than metal on a hot day). Take water for your pet on long walks, hikes, or other outdoor adventures, too.
Your dog needs a place to get out of the sun, so if you don’t have any trees, consider putting up a sun canopy or umbrella to help keep your pet cool. Ask your vet if you should apply sunscreen to your pet, since some breeds with lighter, thinner fur may be especially at risk of getting a sunburn.
No hot cars
Never leave your pet in a hot car for any length of time, even if the windows are cracked. Cars overheat exceptionally fast and even a short period of time inside a hot car can turn deadly. If you have to take your dog out with you on a hot day, make sure you can take them with you when you leave the car. Otherwise, at home in an air-conditioned house is the best place for them.
Watch out for hot surfaces
If you’ve ever stepped onto hot concrete or hot sand at the beach, you’ll know how painful it can be. Never make your dog walk on hot sidewalks, burning hot sand, or any other surfaces that could burn the pads of their feet. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.
Reconsider that haircut
Believe it or not, not all long haired dogs suffer from the heat. This is because certain breeds have specially designed coats that actually help keep them cool when temperatures rise. If you shave this coat off, the dogs can overheat more easily and they’ll be more susceptible to sunburn. Ask your vet or groomer to see if your dog would benefit from a trim, shorter clip, or just a little ‘tidy up’.
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