Summer is such a fun season, with plenty of opportunities to get outside and soak in the sunshine. However, it can be a difficult time for dog owners. Dogs lose heat through panting and can only sweat with their paws. So it can be tricky to keep them at a comfortable temperature. Here are some things you can do to help keep your dog happy and safe this summer.
Provide Some Shade
When you’re outside with your dog, you want to try and limit the time they spend in direct sunlight. Whether you’re relaxing in the comfort of your own outdoor space or venturing into a beer garden, make sure your dog can sit in the shade. If you don’t, your dog will be at risk of having heat stroke or exhaustion. If you’re concerned about your dog overheating, be on the lookout for these warning signs.
Make your dog very happy this summer by providing some frozen treats. There are lots of ways you can go about this. From popping ice cubes into their water bowls to freezing some snacks for them. There are plenty of healthy dog food brands you can pick from. If you want your frozen treat to last a while, why not freeze a kong with a treat inside of it? This can help keep your dog cooler for longer.
Considerate Exercise Times
Most dogs love nothing more than getting out of the house to go on a walk. However, on a hot summer’s day, the pavement can damage their paws. Make sure to carefully plan what time of day you take your dog for a walk. Avoid the times when the temperature is at its peak. Think early morning or dusk. Plus you might need to make the walk shorter than normal to stop your dog from overheating. Remember to always bring water with you.
Just like you, your pet can get sunburnt. On particularly hot days, make sure to apply pet-safe sun cream to your dog’s exposed skin. This includes the tips of the ears and nose. This is especially important if your dog has light fur. Your vet can help you pick a pet-safe sun cream brand.
Summer is a great time to get out and about with your dog. By following a few simple steps you can enjoy the season safely together. Do you have any advice on how to keep dogs cool and comfortable during summer?