Dogs love summer just as much as we do, or at least until mid July when we have officially tired of the heat! For the most part, it’s the best time to be out enjoying our environment and activities that go along with summer.
If you plan to let your dog be part of these activities, always keep in mind that warm weather can be dangerous. Because dogs don’t sweat quite the same way we do, it is much easier for them to overheat. Keep reading to learn more summer safety tips to keep your pet safe and happy!
1. NEVER leave your dog in a hot car.
This is the most obvious tip, and we know you’ve heard it before. Still, in certain heat, it only takes a few minutes for a dog to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car. If you are driving around with your dog, make sure that they have access to water and always take them with you when you leave your car.
2. Keep your dog’s paws protected from summer heat.
Paws are built to be strong and resilient, but they are not match for hot surfaces like asphalt or metal. Surfaces can get dangerously hot with the summer sun beating down on them, and this can burn your dogs paws. The heat from surfaces also increases body temperature. If a surface is too hot for you to touch, we recommend keeping your dog off of it.
3. Protect your dog from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
An unprotected dog is at risk for heartworm, Lyme Disease, and other dangerous conditions. Friendly reminder; many of these diseases can be caught by humans too!
4. Always have drinking water and shade accessible to your dog.
When dogs get hot, they get much thirstier than we do! Other than panting heavily and drinking water, dogs cannot cool down like we can. Keep your pet in the shade for breaks from the sun, even if your dog likes to sunbathe. This will keep them from overheating.
5. Don’t assume your dog can swim well.
Pool days are the highlights of summer, but just because dogs instinctively know how to swim, that doesn’t mean they are good at it. Keep your pool covered or gated when no one is in it and never let your dog swim alone!
6. If there’s no fence, keep your dog on a leash.
Summer also brings out all sorts of other animals. Keep your dog on a leash to prevent them from getting distracted and running away from you! Understand your dog’s tendencies but be overly cautious in new environment. A strong and reliable leash is important, check out our favorite designer leashes here.
7. Keep windows screened during the summer.
We open our windows more in the summer and this is an opportunity for your dog to jump out of an un-screened window. Only keep open windows that are protected by screens.
8. Protect your dog from sunburn.
You may not realize that dogs can get sunburns too! Most susceptible to sunburn are breeds with short or light colored hair. We are all familiar with how painful a sunburn can be, and this is the same for your dog. Over exposure to sun can also lead to skin cancer in your pup too. Discuss sunscreen with your veterinarian if your dog could be exposed to excess sun this summer!