Beware of These Summer Dog Don’ts!
The promise of afternoon swimming, outdoor adventures, and beach trips could result in your dog grabbing on a leash and waiting at the front door, but as his human, you have a few more responsibilities to consider. How to protect your dog all summer and smile!
Here are 7 of our tips on how to keep your dog safe and smiling all summer long!
1) Don’t shave your dog.
Wearing a fur coat in 90 ° weather may seem crazy to us, but your pet’s coat will keep it cool in summer (and warm in winter)! If you are concerned that your dog’s long hair is collecting burrs and foxtails, send him to the groomer for a professional cut or a “summer cut”.
2) Don’t neglect the water bowl.
Not only will your dog likely drink more when it’s hot, but harmful bacteria will thrive in warmer water as well. For this reason, it is particularly important to change and refill the water bowl daily so that your pet receives plenty of pure, fresh H2O in the summer! Alternatively, a fountain will automatically circulate water, keeping bacteria out, and encouraging them to drink more.
3) Don’t miss overheating.
Overheating can be life threatening for dogs. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s time to turn on the air conditioning and get cold water:
- Excessive wheezing
- Heavy drool
- Bright red or blue gums
- To collapse
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Remember: If your dog is above 106 ° C, there is a risk of heat stroke. If his temperature is in the danger zone, call your vet!
4) Don’t forget about sun protection.
Like humans, dogs are prone to sunburn. If you plan to spend more than a few hours outside with your canine companion, apply sunscreen to any furless areas such as the ears, nose, and stomach. Fido can’t share your bottle, unfortunately, but here is a list of highly rated dog sunscreen products.
5) Don’t let the parasites bite.
As you know, hot weather means more mistakes. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can carry dangerous parasites like tapeworms and heartworms, as well as diseases like Lyme and Bartonella, all of which can pose serious health risks. While flea prevention products like Frontline do the trick, you don’t have to use toxic chemicals to keep your pet safe. We recommend placing animal-friendly, insect repellant plants (like basil, catnip, and lavender) in your yard, populating your yard with beneficial insects or nematodes that feed on pests, and applying essential oils like cedarwood to your pet’s fur.
6) Don’t leave your dog outside all day.
You may think these sunny summer days are ideal for roaming free in the garden, but your puppy can easily overheat if he’s on his own for too long – after all, dogs have a hard time withstanding a good play session (even if their bodies are beg for silence). If it’s too hot for you to be outside, it’s too hot for your dog!
7) Do not lock the pet door!
A good pet door gives your pet easy access to the cool, air-conditioned home when they can’t handle the heat outside, so you don’t have to worry about them being out in the sun for too long.
Bonus tip: dogs love ice cubes! On delicious days, throw a few in your dog’s bowl – he’ll thank you, we promise.