5 Great Tips For Summer Dog Care
While we've still got a little time before the official kickoff of summer, much of the country is finally enjoying the increase in temperature we always look forward to, not to mention the longer days and sunny skies. And while summer is an amazing time to enjoy life with your pets, it can also quickly turn our pups into "hot dogs."
If you have a dog, you already know not to leave her in a hot car and to give her extra water in her dish. That being said, there are some other easy things you can do to help her stay comfortable and safe during those hot summer days.
Here are our top 5 tips for summer dog care:
1. Keep those bugs at bay.
The same ticks and other summer insects that come after you will also "bug" your dog. Not only can these critters carry diseases, but some of the methods used to keep them away aren't exactly healthy. Keep the grass where your pets play very short in order to reduce the presence of ticks and other insects. Fertilizers and pesticides can be dangerous, so avoid using them if possible. If you hike with your dog, always check her thoroughly for ticks.
2. Ask your vet about doggy sunscreen.
Some pets, particularly those with short, fine hair (including dachshunds) can be susceptible to sunburns. Talk to your vet about using sunscreen on your dog and ask his or her advice about brands. Never use sunscreen or insect repellant on your pups that are meant for humans. Ingesting certain sunscreens can be toxic to pets.
3. Be especially aware of antifreeze.
Antifreeze is a concern in any season, but in the summertime, it can easily leak out of cars when they overheat and leave puddles on the ground. Antifreeze tastes sweet to dogs, but it's deadly. Just pay close attention to you cars, your neighbors' cars any any driveway you're in.
4. Pay attention to the heat, and take things slowly.
Summer days can be overwhelming for us, but we can actually stand them longer than our dogs. Dogs release heat through their paw pads and by panting, while we are able to sweat to keep ourselves cool. Dehydration can be a big problem for pets during the summer, and even excellent puppy parents can forget this. Keep a close eye on your dogs, especially older and overweight pups. And remember, animals with flat faces (like pugs) can't pant as effectively as others.
One helpful tip: Dogs cool from the bottom up. Spray her paws and stomach with water before you spray her top. Having her sit on a cold wet towel will actually help more than laying one on top of her.
5. Exercise your dog early in the morning or later in the evening.
Since these are the cooler parts of the day, this will make walks much more comfortable for you both. They can still exercise, and they should, but you may want to make walks a little less intense during summer months.
We hope you and your pooches have a great summer!
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