Summer is finally here! What better time is there to explore the great outdoors with your trusty four-legged friend?
Just like humans need a break from the intense summer heat, your dog does too. To keep your pup healthy, happy, and cool in this hot weather, we recommend you follow these few simple tips and tricks:
Don’t Leave Your Pet in the Vehicle
As tempting as it is to leave your dog in the passenger seat while you quickly run into the store, DON’T DO IT. Keeping your pet in your vehicle during the summer can be deadly. No matter how quick you think you will be, or even if you leave the A/C on or the windows rolled down, do not leave your pet in the car.
The temperature inside your car rises rapidly on summer days and can easily soar above 120 degrees inside when it’s only 85 degrees outside. It can be inconvenient to take your pup with you, but convenience is not worth risking the life of your furry friend.
Plan Your Exercise Accordingly
If you’ve ever been on an ill-timed midday hike in the summer, you understand how draining the heat can be. Simple exercises can feel much more challenging to sustain. Your dogs feel the same way.
Watch the weather forecast to identify when the best time to take your daily walks will be. Early mornings and evenings tend to have cooler temperatures and will make for a more pleasant outing. Waiting for the sun to go down also allows time for the asphalt to cool off so that your pet’s paws are less likely to be burned. Make sure to pack plenty of water to keep your dog hydrated and energized.
Watch for Signs of Heat Stroke
Dogs can quickly get heatstroke in elevated summer temperatures if not careful. You must keep an eye on your pup and watch for heatstroke symptoms. In particular, short-snouted dogs, new puppies, old dogs, or overweight dogs are especially susceptible to overheating.
Signs to Watch for Heat Stroke:
- Heavy panting
- Glazed eyes
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive thirst
- Lack of coordination
- Profuse salivation
- Deep red or purple tongue
Summer is for getting some Vitamin D and making fun memories with your pup. As long as you follow proper safety precautions, it’s the perfect time for pet travel. Try new hikes, visit the lake, or explore a park!
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