When summertime is upon you, so is the ability to get outside with your dog and connect with them even more. If your dog loves to explore, enjoying the sunshine together will be just magical, from cruising city streets, to walking nature trails, to visiting exciting new places. However, you need to be mindful of a few things to shield your dog from problems they could face in the heat. Do you know how to look after your dog in the summertime?
Hot sidewalks in the summertime might sound like nothing to you, but remember that your dog can't wear flip-flops like you can. It may be easy to forget that you walk in shoes that protect you from feeling pavement that can heat to over 120 degrees. Your dog's paws could be in pain on sizzling paved areas and even get badly burned, forming blisters that make it painful to walk. So look after your dog in the summertime by applying wax to their paws, putting them in breathable dog boots and walking them on grass or in shade.
Getting hot in the summertime might seem like no big deal to you, but remember that your dog can't cool like you can. It may be easy to forget that dogs are prone to overheat. If they're outside too long, have longer fur or don't get enough fresh water, your dog could get sick from dehydration and even go into shock. So look after your dog in the summertime by keeping them in cool places, having their fur kept shorter and giving them lots of fresh water. Talk to your dog walker or pet sitter about these issues too.
Tiny critters in the summertime might seem like invisible matters to you, but remember that your dog can't keep clean like you can. It may be easy to forget that fleas breed much faster in the summertime because they thrive in warm environments, and your dog’s coat is the perfect place. Prevent this issue as soon as the summer starts by adequately trimming your dog's hair to the point where fleas and ticks can't hide. It’s also important to stock up on flea and tick prevention for dogs to help reduce their risk of getting them in the first place. Fleas can lead to skin infections, worm parasites and irritated skin. They are hell for your dog. Make sure that you help them out of this situation, and they’re likely to have a pleasant summer, as will you.
Focusing on the specific ailments your dog could experience during summer is key to having a happy, healthy best friend. They're part of the family so treat them as such.
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