We love are dogs and want to keep them as safe as possible. Now that school is out and summer is officially upon us, it's time we enjoy that summer sun! Here are a couple of tips for Summer Pet Safety.
Just don’t do it. Don’t leave your dog in your car, even if it is “for a quick second”. Especially down south, a car’s inside temperature can increase at a rapid rate. Even with the windows down, the temp can reach upwards of 120 degrees.
Signs of Heat Stroke
Dogs are more prone to heat strokes because they do not sweat like us. They mainly cool themselves off by panting. Make sure you are watching for any sign of a heatstroke when you and your pup are playing outside. Excessive panting, weakness, drooling, low energy, vomiting, dark red gums, rapid heartbeat, and seizures are all dangerous signs of a heat stroke.
You need to refill your dog’s water bowl more often during the summer time. You can even add ice cubes to their water to help cool down your pup. Try a doggie splash pool for your dog to play in.
Did you know that when it is 77 degrees outside, the asphalt temperature can be as hot as 125 degrees!? And when it is 87 outside, the asphalt can reach 147 degrees! A summer must have is a set of dog booties. They help protect your dog’s paw pads from the blistering heat on the side walks and streets during your walk. Help prevent blisters and burns with dog boots or socks. And always test your walking surfaces by placing the back of your hand on the ground. If its too hot for you to leave your hand down for 7 seconds, it’s too hot for a walk.
And speaking of walks, you should walk or exercise your dog during the cooler hours of the day. Earlier in the morning or in the evening . Mid day during the hottest time is not good for you or your dog. You can even try a cooling mat or pad in their dog house, just make sure it is completely covered in shade. Otherwise, it won’t stay cool. Another fun tip is trying a wet bandana around their neck to help keep them cool.
If your dog is outside, make sure they have access to shade during all hours of the day. And if your dog is lighter color or has thin fur or no fur at all in some areas, don’t forget the doggy sunscreen. Your pup can burn just as easily as you can. And we all know sunburns are not fun!
The most important thing is to be aware and use your best judgement when you are your dog are enjoying summer activities. Of course it is alway cool in Dogologie and your pup will love to lay out on our cool concrete floors. Stop in for a cool down and some tasty treats! See you soon.