All the fun activities of summer are in full swing, but so is that summer heat! While we love to take our dogs along with us throughout the summer, it is important that we are aware of some safety tips to ensure their health and safety. Super Paw Pack is here to share our knowledge of these summer safety tips for man’s best friend. Continue reading to learn more, and contact our team today with any questions!
Always Check the Pavement Before Walking Your Dog
With the summer sun, pavement may be hot even if the temperature of the air isn’t bad, especially in the evenings after being pounded by the scorching sun all day. This is why it is important to always check the pavement to ensure it is not too hot for your dog’s paws — causing painful burns. If you cannot comfortably place your hand on the pavement for ten seconds or longer, it could be harmful to your dog.
Give Your Dog Plenty of Water Inside and Outside
Just like us humans, dogs need to stay hydrated in the summer — especially if they have been out in the heat walking or playing. To ensure that they have the water they need, it is best to have a water bowl inside as well as having a sprinkler or pool for them to play in outside. This allows them to also enjoy the fun activities of summer while staying safe and hydrated. Check out our collapsible dog bowls from Super Paw Pack today!
Know the Symptoms of Overheating in Dogs
Even when taking precautions, your dog may begin to get overheated, so it’s important to know and be able to identify the symptoms of an overheating dog. The most common symptom is excessive panting — along with drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. If you believe that your dog is mildly overheated, get them inside in a cool place, offer them cool water, and consider even splashing them with cool (not cold) water to bring down their temperature slowly. For more severe cases, be sure to call your vet for instructions!
Take Your Dog for a Walk Early in the Morning or After Dusk
To avoid the dangers of the summer heat, it is recommended to walk your dog early in the morning or after dusk. Like we mentioned earlier, it’s still important to check the pavement temperature and provide them with water when walking them — even when it is early or late in the day. This allows you to get them the exercise they need without risking their health and safety.
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