Summer is here and that means we need to take extra precautions with our pets. I have a Vizsla and as much as she is a hunting dog and loves the outdoors, she doesn’t like the heat. When we are at the park she will run around for about 20 minutes and then she’s looking for the shade. There are some tell-tale signs of a hot, thirsty, and tired dog. Below are some tips for keeping your dog cool and healthy during the summer months.
Did you know that sand and asphalt can get hot enough to burn the pads of your dogs paws?
- When walking your dog try to walk on grass or dirt.
- Walk your dog early mornings/late evenings.
- Always have water on hand.
- Don’t leave your dog in a hot car, even with the windows cracked.
- Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside.
- Speak to your vet or groomer about shaving your dog – their hair is what keeps them from getting a sunburn.
- When indoors, ensure the house is cool. If you don’t have air conditioning, use a fan.
- If you decide to take your dog swimming, ensure they can swim. Some dogs can’t swim – check with your vet if you are not sure.
- If you suspect your dog has a heat stroke, dip him/her in cool water or place a cold towel on their neck & see your Vet immediately!
- When your dog is panting its their way of reducing their body heat.
For some of us, we only get to enjoy a few months of summer, so soaking up the sun is all that’s on our minds. Enjoy the summer months, but be cautious outdoors—not only for your pets but for you and your family too.