7 tips for spending the perfect summer with your dog
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses… Us humans have it dialed when it comes to protecting ourselves from the sun, but can we say the same for our canine companions? Read on to find out how you can keep ‘em safe all summer long.
Keep your pup well hydrated by making sure his water bowl is always full. You can even add a few ice cubes to make the water extra cool.
Did you know… Raw food is naturally made up of 70% water, meaning raw-fed dogs get a huge chunk of their liquids from the food they eat.
Take your dog for walks in the mornings or evenings, and don’t forget the water.
Avoid walking your dog on paved surfaces on hot days so that his paws don’t get burnt. If you notice your dog struggling to walk, hopping, or licking his paws, it may be a sign that the ground is too hot for a walk.
Pro tip: Before a walk, place the back of your hand on the ground for a few seconds or walk on it barefoot. If you can’t handle the heat, neither can your dog.
If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, make sure he has access to some shade or to a swimming hole. If that’s not possible, try getting his coat a bit wet every so often.
Never leave your dog alone in the car in summer, even with the windows open. Just a few minutes alone in a hot car is enough to endanger the health of your canine companion.
Avoid chopping off your dog’s hair in the summer. Your dog’s coat serves as protection against the heat. Brush it well and air will circulate through the coat to keep your dog cool.
Did you know… Hair also protects against the sun’s UV rays.
Know the signs of heatstroke so you can react as soon as possible:
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Vomiting, diarrhea
- Change in gum colour
Remember, if the temperature is unbearable for you, it’ll be even worse for your dog. Happy summer!