Summer is not just our favourite season but it is the best time to go out and have fun for dogs as well!
While there is nothing wrong with taking your pet out for swimming, hiking, running or picnics, the warm climate could be a problem. It’s difficult for pets to keep cool with the sun blazing down on them, and they also do not perspire like humans. Dogs do sweat like we do but not as much as humans, as it provides them with little relief. They normally cool down through panting. When there’s only warm air for them to breathe, it’s a lot more difficult for them to cool down.
Here are some more tips to help your dog to beat the summer heat :-
Never Leave Your Dog Alone in the Car in Summer Season!
- One of the most common issues but we still decided to mention this one as the first point. It just takes minutes for dogs to develop a heat stroke or suffocate inside of a car. A lot of people do not understand how hot it gets inside a parked car. On an 80 degree day, the temperatures inside a car can rise up from around 90 degrees in the shade to a staggering 160 degrees when parked directly under the sun! We recommend you not to take your dog out on warm days or at least not leave them inside the car when you get out. Carry water and a water dish when taking your dog out.
Keep Your Dog Safe From Ticks, Fleas and Mosquitos.
- Summer season could also be referred to as ‘disease season’. Your doggos, if not protected, are at risk of catching diseases like heartworm, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other terrible and dangerous conditions. Another important point to remember is that these kinds of diseases can be caught by people as well!
Access To Drinking Water and Shade.
- Under hot summer weather conditions, dogs get much thirstier and their body temperatures get much higher than ours. Other than panting and drinking water, there are not many ways for them to cool down. Always make water and shade easily accessible for them!
Watch Your Doggos Weight!
- Dogs usually come out of the winter with a few extra kilos. Summer is the time to get them back into shape through exercise and zoomies. If your dog is overweight, try not to over-exert them. Ease them into physical activity. Dogs with healthy weight tend to live 2-3 years more than ones that are overweight.
Keep Your Dogs Paws Cool in Summers!
- It is very important to understand that dogs heat up and cool down from top to bottom. If you’re out with your dogs, enjoying the summer Sun, make sure that you keep them off hot surfaces such as metals and cement. Not only can this burn their paws, but it can also lead to overheating.
Always Keep A Life Vest!
- Dogs love swimming and cooling off in the blue waters but it is also for us pet-parents to keep in my that not all dogs are good swimmers. And even if they do, they might have trouble in getting out pools. Strong currents/waves can sweep away your doggo just like that. Hence, always keep a bright coloured life vest with you whenever you’re taking your buddies swimming or to the beach!
Always keep in mind these must know dogs tips to keep them safe, healthy and enjoy a fun-filled Summer season!
For more information and interesting tips about dog health, keep reading the Dogge Discussion.