It’s summertime, and that means lots of outdoor fun. But it also means paying close attention to your family dogs to ensure they stay safe in the heat. Keep reading for a quick primer on how to make this summer healthy and comfortable for the various non-human members of your family.
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Keeping Your Dog Safe In The Summer Heat
Dogs love to be outside, but they also get overheated quickly in temperatures in excess of 80°, particularly when humidity is high. And, if you live in the city, temperatures can get even hotter than what the weatherman scrolls across the screen.
Keep an eye on your pet, particularly when the sun is blazing. If you don’t have time to monitor their outdoor activities, Chicago Urban Pets can walk them for you so you don’t have to worry about heatstroke or other sun-related injuries.
Offer Lots Of Water For Hydration
How much water does your dog need during the summer? As much as he wants! According to Just Right, dogs need a minimum of one ounce of water for each pound of their weight. In other words, a 90-pound boxer needs at least 90 ounces of water. If they are super active, particularly when they are outdoors, they may consume one and a half to two times as much.
Steer Clear Of Pavement To Protect Dog's Paws
When you live in the city or suburbs, pavement is part of the package. But if possible, keep your dog’s delicate paws off of non-grassy areas. If you absolutely must expose them to asphalt, concrete, or aggregate, Shallowford Animal Hospital notes that there are many ways to keep them from experiencing a burn, including using paw wax or dog shoes.
Do Not Leave Your Dog (or other pet) In A Hot Car
Need to run an errand but your pup can’t go into the store with you? Leave them at home! Your car heats up much quicker than you think, and it only takes half an hour — even on a mild, 70° day — for your car to reach temperatures in excess of 100°. Each year, many otherwise responsible pet owners lose their beloved companions to heatstroke thinking that a cracked window is enough.
Don’t Shave Your Pet At The Groomers (before consulting your vet)
Dogs, cats, and other animals have fur for a reason. It keeps them warm during the winter but also serves as a way to protect them from the heat during the summer months. Furthermore, shaving your dog may leave them susceptible to sunburn. Talk to your veterinarian about whether cutting down their coat will provide relief or cause more harm than good.
Summer With Your Dogs Can Be So Much Fun!
Summer is a time for fun, but your pet won’t feel that way if they get overheated. The tips above, from hydrating your dog, to keeping your animal’s fur intact, are hot tips for a cool summer. If you still have questions, remember that your veterinarian is the best person to ask about issues specific to your pet.
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Guest Post: Nick Burton