As the summer heat approaches, it becomes important for pet owners to make sure their furry companion is cool and comfortable. If your dog is not properly cooled down, it can lead to serious consequences like heatstroke and dehydration.
To make sure your dog gets the best out of summer, follow these tips:
Keep them well-hydrated
Always make sure your pooch has access to clean drinking water. Unlike humans who can cool down through the use of electric fans, dogs need water to prevent from dehydrating. Add in some ice cubes to keep it extra cold.
Never leave them in the car
This one goes without saying, but never leave your dog in the car. Even if you think you’ll only be a moment. The temperature in your car is significantly higher than the temperature outside, even if you leave the window open. Your dog’s sensitive body will surely suffer.
Watch out for hot pavements
Hot surfaces can actually burn your dog’s paw pads. If you touch the pavement and think it’s too hot for your hand, it’s probably too hot for your dog. Take your walks in the grass and under shade where the ground is just a bit cooler. Maybe also try booties and paw wax for extra protection.
Leave the air-conditioning on
It might hurt your wallet, but it’s the best way to keep your furbaby cool in the summer months. If your air-conditioning is busted, or you really can’t have it on for long periods of time, it might be time to invest in cooling mats.
Groom your pet
If it’s hot outside for you, it’s way hotter for your pet, who is literally covered in hair and fur. If a pet’s hair gets too long, it can form mats and tangles, which trap heat. Luckily, most groomers offer the “summer cut” to make sure your pet avoids these issues.
With all these tips, you and your best friend will have the best time together! Just make sure to be aware of signs of heatstroke and overheating for a fun and safe summer.