Summer is such a joyful time for a dog and his or her pet parent. Because of the glorious weather, you can both spend more time walking, running, jumping and playing in the great outdoors. However, the rise in temperature also raises a number of health and safety concerns, and dog parents should be aware of these in order to provide the best care that they can for their canines. Here are our top tips for looking after your dog this summer.
Protect Your dog from Heat Stroke
Whenever you are boiling up, just think how much more uncomfortable your fur kid must feel. If your dog gets too warm, they can suffer from heat stroke which can be fatal. Here is some safety advice to be aware of:
You should never leave your dog in the car when it is hot. Not even an open window will help to keep him or her cool.
Don’t encourage your dog to run around too much in the heat. A gentle walk is much safer, so it’s best to keep them on the leash.
Always provide your dog with a clean water bowl filled with fresh water. Bring a big bottle of water with you whenever you leave the house.
Provide your dog with shade under either trees or umbrellas whenever you are outside in the sun.
Protect Your Dog from Worms
There is a higher risk of your dog contracting worms in summer. With more time spent outside comes more opportunity to interact with contaminated soil, stools and animals. Drontal Plus is an effective deworming medicine that you may wish to stock up on before the summer arrives. You should also try to stop your dog from consuming things when you are out on your daily walks.
Protect Your Dog’s Paws
Hot sidewalks, streets and sand can burn your dog’s paws which will be very painful for him or her. The easiest way to protect paws is to walk during the coolest parts of the day, either early in the morning or late in the evening. You can purchase paw protectors, but if you do, choose lightweight materials so that your dog doesn’t get too hot while wearing them.
Protect Your Dog Against Sunburn
Your dog’s skin can burn just like yours, and it can result in the same pain and peeling. Luckily you can buy sunscreen specially formulated for dogs. Make sure to apply plenty to the most exposed areas, including the ears, nose and back.
Protect Your Dog from Getting Lost
The summer is a very exciting time for dogs, as it brings a whole set of new sights, sounds and smells. Your dog will be interested in everything. Chasing a butterfly or exploring a new area can end up in a great adventure. So make sure your dog is wearing a collar with your contact details on it and is attached to you with a leash. Do your best to keep your eye on him or her.
Making sure you are aware and prepared will mean that you can relax and enjoy the summer as much as your fur kid will.
Have a great summer!
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