Puppy Love: Keeping Your Furbaby Safe In The Summer Sun!
If there’s one time of year when it’s important to take extra care of your dog, it’s during the warmer summer months. Summer is one of the best times of the year because it allows us to get outside more and soak up the sun. However, for our beloved pets, summer comes with a range of potential problems, such as overheating and dehydration, which is why it’s so important to make sure that you know how to keep your pup safe in the upcoming warmer weather. Temperatures are already starting to heat up, which is why it’s a good idea to get to grips with what it takes to keep your furbaby safe in the summer sun. To help you do that, below are some care tips and suggestions.
Be smart about when you exercise your pooch
Just like the sun impacts us, it also has an impact on our pets. That’s why when it comes to exercising your pup, it’s a good idea to be smart about how you go about it. What you want to do is exercise your dog early in the morning or later in the evening, as these are the coolest times of the day. This will ensure that your pup doesn’t get too hot while exercising and end up becoming unwell because of it. If you are going to exercise your dog in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest, it’s best to walk in areas that offer a lot of shade. As that way, you don’t need to worry that your dog is going to overheat. Remember, dogs can’t sweat which makes it difficult for them to cool down when they get too hot, so keeping them cool is important.
Ensure that your dog’s drinking enough
When a dog gets too hot, he will drool excessively. This is their version of sweating, and while it works well to help them cool down and regulate their body temperature, it can leave them dehydrated. When a dog becomes dehydrated, he starts to be lethargic, has bloodshot eyes, and becomes paler than normal. The good news is that you can avoid dehydration from occurring by ensuring that your dog has plenty of water available throughout the house, as well as carrying a travel bottle in your bag for when you go on walks. If your pup isn’t keen to drink from a bowl then perhaps he might prefer a water fountain? A lot of dogs like to have access to running water, so a dog fountain can be a great investment to make.
Keep your pup cool
The darker your dog’s coat, the hotter he will get. This is because lighter coat colors reflect the sunlight whereas darker colors pull the heat in, making the dog get incredibly hot. It’s also important to note that the larger the dog, the hotter it will get, this is especially true when a dog is overweight. The key to keeping your pooch happy during the warmer weather is to find ways to keep him cool. This could mean setting up a fan by his bed. Putting him near an air con vent. Or it could mean looking into the best dog pools for summer so that your pup has somewhere to chill out in on hot days. If your dog doesn’t like water, then perhaps spraying him with a spray bottle filled with water could be the answer to keeping him nice and cool. Keeping your pooch cool is important, as otherwise he may overheat and become unwell, so it’s important to find little ways to make sure he doesn’t get too hot in the warmer summer weather.
Don’t leave your pooch in a hot car
This should go without saying, but just in case it’s worth repeating – don’t leave your dog in a hot car, ever. There’s a common misconception that as long as a window is cracked, it’s fine to leave a pet in the car in the sun, but that’s not the case. If the weather is really hot, having a window down won’t prevent your dog from baking in the car, as the chances are there will be little wind to cool him down. If you have to go somewhere that doesn’t allow dogs, such as the supermarket or to a friend’s house, leave your pup at home where you know he will be nice and cool. They don’t say that dogs die in hot cars for no reason, so make sure to be wary of when you leave your pup in a parked car.
Ensure there are plenty of indoor toys for your pup
To make sure that your dog doesn’t feel like he has to go outside, make sure that there are plenty of toys inside for him. That way, when the weather is hot, you don’t need to worry about him spending too much time in the sun, as he has lots to keep him occupied inside. Balls, bones, treat toys – you want to ensure that your pup has plenty of things to keep him occupied, so that he’s happy to spend time inside as well as outside, that way he won’t overheat.
Keep on top of fleas and ticks
As the weather gets warmer, fleas and ticks begin to become more common which is why it’s so important to keep on top of your dog’s preventative care. Make sure to flea him once a month with a treatment that also helps to deter ticks. If you are walking your pooch in areas of long grass, make sure to check him after each walk for any ticks. Ticks can make your dog really ill, so checking him for them and removing any that you find is important. If you don’t know how to remove a tick yourself, it’s best to take your dog to the vet to get them removed; else you could end up leaving part of the tick in your pet’s skin.
There you have it, how to keep your pooch safe and sound in the summer sun. For dogs, summer can be a great season as it allows them to spend more time outside. Of course, if you don’t know how to give them the care that they need, it can also be a dangerous season.