Summer is a great time for pets and humans alike to go outside and enjoy the sun! Whether it’s going for long walks in the park, taking a trip to the beach, adventurous hikes or lake days — the possibilities are endless. But, hot weather can keep us and our pups feeling uncomfortable. Keep reading to explore some of the ways to keep your pet happier and healthier during the dog days of summer.
Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool
The following tips will help you keep your dog healthy and cool during the warm summertime:
- Have plenty of cold, fresh water available. A hydrated dog is a happy dog!
- Allow your dog to play in the water, whether it be a small kiddy pool or at the beach. This will lower their body temperature and make them feel nice and cool. Just make sure to bring a towel to dry them off!
- Avoid the midday heat — go for walks early in the morning or late in the afternoon instead. Ensure that you check the temperature of the asphalt before leaving the house to ensure that your pet’s paws don’t get too toasty.
- Never let your pet sit in a parked car. Temperatures in the summer can rise to dangerous, life-threatening levels.
- Stay up to date on check-ups and shots. Dogs tend to stay outdoors longer and come into contact with other animals more during the summer months.
- Learn the signs of heatstroke in dogs. Symptoms include excessive panting or salivating, obvious discomfort, vomiting and diarrhea, disorientation, seizures, shock and more.
Summer is the “pawfect” time to get out of the house with your dog. Make sure you follow these tips and tricks to keep your pet cool on a hot summer day!
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