Summer is a time of carefree fun. It is a time when many people forget about their responsibilities and spend their days lounging at the pool, going on vacations, and frolicking about with their friends. But, during this carefree time, it is essential that you do not forget about your beloved pet dog. This time of year the weather can get unbearably hot for dogs. It is important to take these safety precautions to keep your dog cool and safe.
Your dog definitely needs exercise in the summer. It is important to take your favorite four-legged friend out for walks daily, even in the warm weather. However, in the summer months, take your dog for walks in the early morning or later in the evening when the heat is not intense. Also, keep the walks at a more leisurely pace when the weather is hot.
You do not walk outside with bare feet in the summer because the concrete is too hot and it will burn you. If the ground is too hot for you to handle without protection, then the same holds true for your dog. Heat rises from from the ground and surfaces like concrete can become dangerously hot quickly. Simply adorning your dog’s feet with doggie boots is an easy way to keep their paws safe from the intense heat.
Dogs do not sweat like people do, so they rely on panting to cool themselves off in the heat. If you notice excessive panting from your dog when the weather is warm, it is a good indication that your dog needs water. Other signs of dehydration to be on the lookout for include lethargy, bloodshot eyes, and a pale appearance.
Although you should always be vigilant for signs of dehydration in your dog, your best defense against it is to make sure your dog is always sufficiently hydrated. The amount of water a dog needs is dependant on many factors such as coat weight and color and weight of the dog Always carry a bottle of water with you when you walk your dog. You can even put the water in a backpack or vest so your dog can carry it. It will help to keep the dog cool and give him a sense of purpose.
Use your imagination to find fun ways to keep your dog cool in the summer. If your home is not air conditioned run a fan that your dog can lay in front of. Find a shaded spot outside in which your dog can lounge. Let your dog run through the sprinkler or cool him down by spraying him with a hose. Any of these ideas are great for helping to keep your dog’s core temperature down.
If you are spraying down your dog, do not forget to spray his paws and stomach as well as the back and head. Also, placing a wet towel on your dog’s stomach works much better at cooling him down than putting it on his back does.
Dogs are smart animals. Sometimes when they are left to their own devices, they will find a solution that works for them. Digging holes is an instinctive way for dogs to stay cool. If your dog starts to dig a hole, go ahead and let him do it. If possible, lead him to a shaded area to enhance the coolness.
Unlike humans who have the advantage of weather reports, dogs cannot understand and interpret the level of heat outside without experiencing it first-hand. If it is too hot to take a walk outside, let your dog take a step out onto your front porch to feel for himself. Your dog’s instincts will kick in and he will understand that it is not the right time to go outside for a walk.
Swimming is an excellent activity for your dog when the weather is hot. Instead of taking your dog for a walk, take him to a dog-friendly beach and let him frolic in the water for awhile. Not only is it a good way for your dog to keep cool, it’s great exercise, too.
This tip should go without saying, but it is an important reminder. Your car retains a lot of heat, and it can quickly become dangerous for your furry friend. Also, if your dog is cooped up in the car for too long, he can become claustrophobic and panic at the sight of people outside of the car. Do not forget, leaving the window cracked an inch or two is insufficient protection for your dog. If you are going to be out of the car for an extended length of time, it is better to keep your dog at home.
If you have more questions about keeping your dog safe in the summer, contact My Ki Pet. We will be happy to help you out.