We may enjoy outdoor activities with our dogs during the summer. The great outdoors calls for more extended strolls around the park, challenging hikes, beach days, or family vacations. But the heat can also be stressful for people, and it can be hazardous for dogs. In summer, things can go wrong for your dog, and he can suffer from greater exposure to ticks and other insects, sunburn, and heat stroke. As the weather changes, you should follow some preventive measures to keep your dog healthy and fit.
Even though your pet can withstand the heat, it may not feel comfortable at times. Fur coats of dogs and cats keep them warm and shield them from external stimuli, but they can become problematic in hot weather. Check out some of our suggestions to keep your pet cool and comfy during the summer.
Don’t Leave Your Pet in a Car
Before taking your dog outside, it’s crucial to determine how long you’ll stay there. If you have planned to spend a reasonable amount of time outdoors, leaving your pet at home is best because the temperature inside a car can rise by roughly 25 degrees in just 10 minutes.
Give Your Pet Plenty of Water
Like most pet owners, you understand how important it is for your pet to consume adequate water. You must remember to replenish your pets’ water bowls frequently and timely. Ensuring your pet consumes enough water throughout the day is one of the easiest ways to keep them hydrated.
Protect Your Pet’s Paws!
Nothing is more refreshing and relaxing on a warm, sunny day than a stroll through the park. However, you should be aware of the impact walking your pet on a hot sidewalk can have on their paws. On a hot, sunny day, it’s important to walk your dog in the grass or the shade whenever possible.
Apply Pet-Safe Sunscreen
Dogs can also get tanned. It’s better to limit their exposure to the sun on hot days. They can’t communicate their discomfort to humans, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t affected by the sun’s rays. They are just as vulnerable to the Ultra Violet radiation’s adverse effects as we are. You should get a pet-safe sunscreen to protect your dog from direct sunlight.
Know the Signs of Overheating
Depending on the dog’s breed, the body’s internal temperature might change, although most dogs typically have an average temperature between 100° and 103°F. Knowing what to look for and when to take your dog to the vet if they have a high temperature is critical because many potential reasons may contribute to overheating.
- Extraordinary panting
- excessive salivation
- Fast & irregular heartbeat Irregular & Fast
- Breathing difficulty
- Lethargic behavior
- Vomiting/Diarrhea \collapse
If your pet is feeling the effects of overheating, immediately take them to a colder location, and offer them some cool water. Use cold water cold because quick cooling can also be hazardous.