During the hottest time of the year, you need to put some extra effort into keeping your dog safe and cool. Here are some of the most effective ways to take good care of your dog when the sun is strong and temperatures climb.
The dog days of summer fall in between July 22nd and August 22nd. The phrase refers to the sun’s occupation of the same part of the sky as Sirius, which is part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. Because Sirius is so bright, the ancient Romans thought that it actually added to the sun’s heat and intensity and called the days when they rose and set together “the dog days.”
A raised cot bed is a great way to keep your dog cool during the hottest time of the year. Compared to a traditional bed, it won’t absorb as much of your dog’s body heat. Also, it provides super comfy support, and it’s really easy to clean.
Dogs can burn in the sun just like people can; this is particularly true for shorter hair breeds, but even dogs with a thick coat can burn their noses or ears. It’s a good idea to stock up on some sunscreen for dogs. Don’t use sunscreen meant for people because it may not necessarily be safe for your dog if he or she licks it. Some unscented Doggles spray-on sunscreen is a good pick that comes in a small size and is easy to take along on your outdoor adventures so you can reapply it as needed. For noses, My Dog Nose It sunblock has a thick and balmy texture that can help noses stay hydrated in intense sunlight and prevent cracking. A Playa Pup dog shirt can also give your dog protection from the sun, and a Gold Paw sun snood can protect your dog’s neck and chest.
Dogs’ eyes may also need protection from prolonged exposure to UV rays. If you’ll be spending all day outdoors, your dog’s eyes can become irritated, burned, or susceptible to long-term damage from the sun. You can get special goggles or sunglasses that offer UV protection; they’ll be comfortable to wear and won’t be likely to get pawed off.
If you’ll be lounging around outside with your favorite summertime companion, make sure that he or she has a comfy place to get some shade. A Shady Paws Dog Shade can offer some welcome shade. If your dog has a raised cot bed to help keep cool, a special K&H pet cot canopy can offer a perfect fit to provide some shade. A cooling band or bandana can also provide some lightweight and cooling sun relief with UV protection.
If you and your dog are going to be having fun at the beach or the pool, you may need to get your swimmer a life vest. Not all dogs are naturally good swimmers, especially little dogs. Older dogs or dogs with health conditions that affect their mobility may also struggle to do their doggie laps. A life vest is the best way to make sure that your dog doesn’t have any trouble staying afloat, and it will make splashing around even more fun and carefree.
Every summer, it’s important to remember that you can never leave your dog in a hot car. Temperatures can soar quickly and put your dog in serious peril. Don’t do it for even a minute; bring your dog with you whenever you leave the car.
Staying hydrated is a key part of staying cool and comfortable in hot weather. When you go for walks, bring some cool water with you. Pick out a special water bottle that dogs can drink out of , or bring along an easily portable travel bowl .
Did you know some playtime can help keep your furry companion cool? A toy that you keep in the freezer like a Cool Pup dog toy will give a panting pup a fun and refreshing way to cool off.
Unfortunately, hot and humid months can also bring a surge of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. These pests can cause your pet some serious discomfort and also potentially carry disease. Make sure that you have plenty of flea and tick protection to keep your dog safe from these dangerous little pests. In addition to an oral or topical treatment, a Doggles insect protection shirt will provide an added layer of protection for warding off biting insects. Keep an eye out for excessive scratching, and perform visual inspection with a flea comb to make sure that your dog’s flea and tick protection regimen is doing its job.
To have a great time with your dog during the dog days of summer, you need to be extra conscientious about keeping cool. Provide some shade and comfy places to cool off, be mindful about sun protection, and never leave your dog in the car. While you’re getting the most out of summertime together, you also need to make sure that your dog will be safe in the water and stay protected against biting insects. Gear up to get ready for summer fun!