Summer Dog Care Tips
Your dog is an extension of your family and during the hot summer months especially, you will need to ensure they remain healthy and safe. If your dog is exposed to high temperatures and humidity without adequate shelter and plenty of water, they can suffer organ damage or die. The dog care tips below are a good reminder of how to take care of a dog during this time of year.
- Give your outdoor dogs plenty of shade. Tree shades and tarps provide good protection because they don’t block air flow. The sun’s angle changes with the seasons, so be aware of shifting shade patterns. Providing shade is most important between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If the heat and humidity soar really high, it is safest to bring your dog inside if you can.
- A cool water supply is important. Make sure your dog has an abundance of clean cool water to drink. You can fill a small kiddie pool with water for your dog to cool off or drink out of, and freeze water bottles to add to the water as well.
- Never ever leave your dogs in an unattended parked car. This is only common sense because in the summer a vehicle can warm to dangerous, life-threatening levels in only minutes, even with the windows cracked.
- The asphalt gets hot! For your dog’s safety, it might be best to save the walks or outdoor play for the early morning or evening because the asphalt can burn their paws and you don’t want to over-exert them in the extreme heat. Keep your dog on the grass when possible and bring along water to re-hydrate both of you.
- Know the heat stroke signs. Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting and profuse salivation, lethargy, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, trouble breathing, excessive thirst, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness. If your dog exhibits these symptoms, move them to a shaded or air conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to his head, neck and chest and run cool (not cold) water on him. Allow him to drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes and get him directly to a veterinarian or animal hospital.
- Dog care tips for pool safety. Keep pool safety gates secured when not in use. Never leave your dog unsupervised by an uncovered pool and teach him how to get out of the pool by joining you in using the stairs several times in a row so they will remember how to exit if they fall in. Puppies and elderly sight impaired dogs are at particular risk for drowning.
The beginning of summer is also a great time to catch up on dog grooming, vet care, and parasite preventatives to keep your dog as comfortable as possible. Follow these summer dog care tips so both you and your dogs will enjoy the season to the fullest.
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