People look forward to summer – and so do dogs. Who wouldn’t? The weather is warm, you can get outdoors in the sun, run around and play. It’s a wonderful season for your pet.
But summertime can also be more hazardous to dogs because of the heat. The way dogs cool off is mostly by panting, and this doesn’t work as well as sweating. So, you have to be careful that your pet does not get overheated. Take a look below at some summertime safety tips for your dog.
- Never leave your dog in a hot car.
This cannot be emphasized enough. What most people don’t realize is that inside a car, a dog can develop heatstroke within several minutes. That is all it takes. It can get really hot inside a parked car. For instance, even when it is only 78 degrees outside, the temperature can climb up to 160 degrees in the car if it is in the sun.
So, if you plan to do some grocery shopping, leave your dog at home. If you must take your dog along, take water and a water dish and bring your pet with you when you leave the car.
- Protect your dog from insects.
Just as human beings have to watch out for ticks because of the Lyme disease they carry and other diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the same is true for dogs.
- Take care of the dog’s paws.
There are a lot of hot surfaces your dog may come into contact with over the summer, and they can burn his paws. Moreover, when the animal walks on these hot surfaces, they also increase his body temperature, which in turn can lead to overheating.
- Your pet should always have water available and shade.
Pets generally need more water than humans, because it’s one way for them to cool off. They should also have areas to go where they can get out of the sun. Although animals like to lie in the sun, it can cause heatstroke.
- Consider getting your pet a little kiddie pool.
Dogs love the water, and they will appreciate having a little place to go and splash around in to cool off.
- Don’t forget exercise.
No matter how hot it is, your dog still will need daily exercise. Try to do so early in the morning or later in the afternoon, before or after the heat of the day. You also may want to consider giving him some fun here in our 4,000-square-foot outdoor dog run (it has shady spots).
Contact Barney’s Ranch at (469) 273-1661 for more information.