What dog owner doesn’t love to spend the long, sunny summer days enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer with their furry companions? Believe it or not, being overeager among these hot conditions can spell danger, and sometimes your furry pal simply won’t want to come in. Follow the simple steps below to help your fur-kid stay safe!
Summer Essential Tips For Dogs Owners
Visit the veterinarian for an annual Summer checkup.
There are many reasons to visit a veterinarian, but one may be at the top of this list because of how common the condition is. Parasites like heartworm are not only lethal if left unchecked, they are more common during the summer, often spread by the excess of mosquitoes during this time. Since heartworm medication requires a prescription from a veterinarian, this can’t be emphasized enough!
● Outdoor fleas will die off during the winter, but also become much more prevalent along with the warmth!
Always provide an available source of clean, fresh water!
Always providing a constant source of clean, fresh and cool water is extremely important, no matter what activity your dog is doing. When it’s hot or humid outside, make sure your pets have a shaded place to get out of the sun. Avoid over-exercising them, and try to keep them indoors when it’s scorching.
Never leave your animals alone in a car, even if the air conditioning is running!
This is an enormous problem, many pets suffering every year because they are left unattended in their owner’s car. Just like the outrageous number of pets that are left outside to freeze to death every single winter would astound you, the number of car-heat injuries is ridiculous and could always easily be prevented.
You might think your pet will be excellent in your lovely new car with the air condition running, making it feel a cool 60 while it is 90-100 outdoors. What happens if that air conditioning stops running all of a sudden, or your car dies while you are inside?
Understand how to recognize the symptoms your pet may be overheating.
Our pets can’t talk to us in a vocal, traditional human sense. Though a dog’s visual body language cues are often much easier to pick up on than a cat’s, they will always try to let us know they are uncomfortable in their own little way! The key is realizing how to recognize these cues, and understand if there is a problem.
● Excessive panting
● Dry gums that may become pale
● Increased salivation or/and drooling
● Weakness and/or confusion
Beware of hot asphalt, sand, or any other surface!
We humans today almost always either have shoes or sandals available to wear and typically don’t consider the real heat of the ground unless we’re forced to walk barefoot on it.
Dogs, on the other hand, don’t wear shoes and usually aren’t given the opportunity! During your daily walks, your dog is forced to walk on the bare surface of his paws. If you’re not sure of the heat, it’s always a good idea to touch your bare palm to the pavement (or other hot surfaces) for 10 seconds. If it’s uncomfortable for you, it probably is too hot for your dog.
● ‘Doggy boots’ are available for those who look. Not only are these so popular they have become common among long-distance mushers to protect their dogs from the sharp ice, but they can also guard against hot surfaces, act like a bandage, and help resist slipping provide traction.
Don’t shave a double coated dog breed!
It might seem like common sense to a person- less hair means less body heat, right? A human wouldn’t wear a heavy winter coat when it is 80 degrees. Unfortunately, countless dogs end up suffering from this misunderstood reasoning.
The truth is, double coated dog breeds, like the popular Labrador, Chow, Collies, or countless others, evolved to withstand both colder temperatures (depending on the dog, some extremely cold), and also withstand the summer heat. Their fur serves several different functions, including helping trap in the fresh air and offer protection from the sun’s rays during the summer.
While their undercoats do shed, their topcoats won’t and aren’t meant to fall out. When this fur is cut, the dog loses his ability to trap in cool air, protection from the sun, and resistance to insect bites. On top of that, these hairs may never grow back correctly again, giving the dog a permanently rough coat that won’t serve the functions it was intended to.
Double Coated Breeds:
● In unusual cases, such as surgery, it may be necessary to shave a portion of your dog’s coat. Otherwise, many professional groomers will refuse to do this even if offered payment.
● Your dog’s coat often contains oils that help resist and repel water. Whereas swimming usually won’t remove it, the deep scrubbing given during baths usually does. For this reason, unusually frequent bathing isn’t recommended in most cases.