The weather is heating up, and if you’ve got a furry pal or two, you’ll want to ensure they’re as safe and comfortable as possible. As temperatures continue to climb all over the country, sunnier days and more humidity can cause increased discomfort for your pet. If you’re not careful, it could cause them to overheat or get sick. There are many ways, however, to help keep your furry BFF happy and healthy all summer long, so that you’re able to enjoy this time of the year together. Here are the top five ways to beat the heat with your pup this summer.
#1. Keep Them Hydrated
All too often, the signs of dehydration are missed, and when not addressed, this can lead to serious problems. The best course of action is prevention, which can be accomplished with:
- Plenty of water
- Refreshing treats, like Pup-sicles
- Avoiding exercising/walks during the hottest part of the day
- Taking extra water with you when you travel with your pet
Always having some form of hydration with you will ensure that your pup remains healthy and comfortable during our hot summer months. Pup-sicles, especially, provide on-the-go refreshment for your dog, packed with nutrients and frozen for summertime enjoyment. When it comes to having a treat to beat the summer heat, Pup-sicles are perfect for your pooch.
#2. Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
If your dog is going to be out in the sun, it’s important that they’re protected from the harmful UV rays. They’re susceptible to sunburns too, so be sure to apply sunscreen that’s specially formulated for dogs to areas like the belly, ears and nose every 3-4 hours to ensure that they’re protected.
#3. Revamp Your Walk Schedule
It’s a good idea to plan your daily walks around the heat. For instance, early morning walks and evening walks are better for your pup, as it’s not quite as hot outside and it’ll be safer and more enjoyable for them. Avoid walking them in the middle of the day when the sun is at its peak and temperatures are at all-time highs. Be sure to check the temperature of the pavement with the back of your hand before embarking on a walk. The darker the pavement, the more it will absorb the heat. Blacktop roads and parking lots tend to hold onto heat the most and will burn your pup’s paws faster. Just a simple check will help to alleviate this risk.
#4. Consider a Summer Cut
For some breeds with a lot of fur, keeping them clipped shorter in the summer is a common practice. It is especially important to note that you should never shave your dog for the summer. Not only does this produce more of a risk for sunburns, your dog’s coat is designed to withstand the elements, so taking this away from them does more harm than good. If you are looking to give your dog a summer cut, be sure to leave at least an inch of fur to act as protection from the sun.
#5. Be Aware of Dehydration Signs
The sooner you see the signs, the sooner you’ll be able to get your dog the help they need. Common signs of dehydration in dogs include:
- Heavy breathing/panting
- Dry gums
- Wobbling legs
If you notice any of these signs in your dog this summer, getting them to a vet should be your top priority.
By making slight tweaks to your schedule and being aware of the weather, you’ll be able to enjoy the summer months with your dog worry-free. Keep them hydrated, know the signs of dehydration and protect them from the sun, just like you would yourself, and you can expect fun times ahead this summer.
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