Summer is finally here! It’s the time for both dog owner and our pets to enjoy backyard barbecue, beach and other activities.
Well, as temperatures continue to soar, dog parents should pay more attention to our dog’s need. Here at dogtreatsmart.com, we want to share some helpful tips – giving dogs a fun and safe summertime.
Tip 1. Dogs and water often go together like kids and candy
Make sure that your dogs drink enough water daily. During the hottest day, adding some ice cubes to the water dish and offering an ice pack or wet towel for your dog. When going out, remember to bring a collapsible water dish on your way. In hot weather, water is essential to help dogs staying hydrated and keeping cool.
Tip 2. Knowing symptoms of overheating in dog
- Heavy panting
- Rapid breathing
- Excessive drooling
- Dark or red gums and tongue
Tip 3. Paying extra attention to vulnerable areas of dog body
Like ears, belly and nose, a dog’s body where they have less fur is easily getting sunburned. Preventing overexposure under the sunshine is the best action before getting sunburn potential.
Dog Owners need to protect pet’s paws in Summer too. Look out for paw pad burns on your dog whenever your dog is outside. Learn “Paw Pad Burns on Dogs: What to Do “ at our Help Tips section.
To know when it’s too hot to walk your dog, we are pleased to find this infographic explaining what can happen when your pooch gets exposed to hot pavement.
Tip 4. Purchase some fantastic sun protection products for your dogs
Choosing high-quality sun protection items for your dog is to help prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature skin ageing.
There are various products specially made for a dog, such as a suncream, sunscreen wipes, sunglass and UV-protective coating. That all is available in-store and online.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised its rules for regulating sunscreen labels recently. Picking the products are labelled “broad spectrum”, those products that can block both UVA and UVB effectively.
Tip 5. Don’t leave a dog alone in a hot vehicle
It sounds that everyone knows the importance of never leaving pets in a hot vehicle. However, police still address an urgent warning every Summer as some forgetful dog owners.
Tip 6. Keep the dog inside during extremely hot days
When having the hottest of days in summer, dog should stay inside of the house.
Keep the room temperature cool enough for your dog. Turn on air condition or a fan. No dog walk during peak sun exposure hours (10 am to 4 pm).
Enjoy summertime fun while staying safe! What ideas have you implemented for your dogs in Summer? We would like to hear your advice.