School will soon start, but right now summer is still in full swing, and with the hot weather around, we need to take adequate measures to keep ourselves, the young and of course our canine friends safe and healthy. Here are some simple tips for the summer maintenance of our furry family members.
1) Watch Your Step
Walking your furry friend is always a great exercise and treat for your dog. But remember that pavement and concrete can get really HOT! If you can’t place the back of your hand comfortably on the walking surface for 5 seconds, then it is too hot for your pet to walk on.
Walk your dog at cooler times of the day (early morning and late evening) and stick with the grass. Check out dog shoes, pads, socks and even a wax you can apply. Keep your pet’s feet moisturized with a dog-friendly lotion or cream. Healthy feet are less susceptible to burns and injury
2) Keeping your Cool
Dogs are as susceptible to heatstroke as humans. So keeping them cool is important.
Keep puppies, elderly and sick dogs out of the heat. Make sure your pet has access to shade and drinking water at all times. Avoid heavy activities on hot days (running and fetching) Avoid muzzling your dog that interferes with this panting. Let your dog swim if he can or set up the sprinkler and let him play if he wants to.
Never leave your dog in a car for any amount of time. It can turn quite hot very quickly!!!
3) Beware of the Sun
Dogs get sunburns just like humans. Especially susceptible are Noses. Keep your dog indoors or in a shaded spot during the hottest times of the day.
Take care not to cut your dog’s hair too short. Apply an appropriate dog sunscreen. They do make dog sun-wear and sunglasses if you choose to go that route.
4) Keep away from Bugs
The summer always brings out the bugs in some areas more than others. Keeping your furry friend free from fleas and ticks will make them happy and healthy. Not to mention, no one wants nasty pests in their homes.
Keeping your yard clear of tall grass, leaf litter and regularly sweeping will keep bugs out of your yard. Keep your pet clean and well groomed.
Apple cider vinegar. You can mix with water in equal measures and spray on your pet, and also add a tablespoon or two to their water bowl.
5) Water Safety
Most of us love water sports in the summer or just chilling by the pool in the backyard. Taking our pets along is just second nature, but be warned that not all dogs can swim.
Even if your pet is an excellent swimmer, some breeds have a harder time than others and can quickly become exhausted and drown. It is a good idea to have them put on a life vest when out on the water.
Summer can be one of the most opportune times of year to own a dog, but like any other family member, you need to be mindful of their health and comfort and do your best to keep them safe.
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