Our top 6 tips for a fun and safe summer with your pet!
- Never leave your dog in a hot car!
It can take just a few minutes for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car.
On a 78 degree day temperatures in a car can reach 90 degrees in the shade and 160 degrees if parked directly in the sun! Leave your dog at home or always remove them from the car on warm days.
- Dogs can get sundburns too!
Especially pups with short or light-colored coats. Sunburns can be painful for a dog and overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer.
Don’t assume that a human sunscreen is safe for a dog. Use a dog specific sunscreen
- Provide fresh drinking water and shade.
Your dog will pant and drink water to cools down., so be sure to provide plenty to drink! Also, keep your pet in the shade as often as possible. Too much direct sunlight on a warm day can cause heat stroke.
- Protect against pests – fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.
If not protected, your dog is at risk for heartworm, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and a host of other nasty and dangerous conditions. Check your dog for ticks after spendign time outdoors and use a preventative treatment such as K9 Advantix.
- Get a pooch pool!
Dogs who love the water, love it even more during HOT weather. Its a great idea to providea small, kid-sized pool will go over big. for your pup to keep cool in!
- Keep your dog’s paws cool.
Asphalt and metal get really hot when in direct sunlight! Hot asphalt can burn paws, and also increase body temperature which leads to overheating. Keep your dog out of truck beds too – the hot metal can burn paws quickly.