Summer is here, the temperatures are soaring, and you’re probably eager to get outside to soak up some sun and enjoy the outdoors with your dog. While you enjoy your summer activities, remember that your pet also needs special consideration during these warm months.
Here are some tips to help you keep your pet safe during the summer
1. Some breeds are sun sensitive. If you have a short-haired breed consider a UV protectant shirt to protect them from getting too much sun.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Make sure your pet has access to shade and fresh water; other than panting and drinking water, your pet has no other way to cool down. Watch for signs of dehydration such as excessive panting, and pale gums. Take your dog indoors into an air-conditioned space and provide water.
3. If your choice of summer fun is water activities consider getting a life vest for your dog even if your dog is a great swimmer. Dogs can often overdo it and get themselves into trouble.
3. This goes without saying! Never leave your pet in a hot car; if you must take your pet in the car, don’t leave them alone. Temperatures can soar in just a few minutes!
4. Take your pet outside during cooler hours, either early in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is least intense. Walk your pet on grass to avoid burning their paws on the hot pavement or asphalt. This is especially important for older dogs who don’t always do well in midday heat.
5. Many people believe in shaving their dogs to prevent them from getting too hot. It is fine to trim their fur but don’t shave them; their fur is important for regulating their body temperature and helps protect them from getting sunburnt.
The summertime is a great time to get outdoors with your pet and with the proper preparations and precautions, your dog will have fun and stay safe!
It is wonderful to see dogs enjoying their summer as much as we do! Images by Toronto dog photographer Terri J Photography.