Goodbye skies of grey and hello skies of blue. Summer is finally here! With summer comes fabulous adventures, fun, and bonding time with your spontaneous dog. Use these safety tips to ensure you and your furry best friend have the best summer ever!
The fresh summer air is a refreshing change from the cold. But it is very easy for both you are your dog to get dehydrated. Having fresh drinking water with you, whether indoors or outdoors is a must to ensure you and your furry friend stay hydrated. Dogs and cats have a tendency to get hotter and more thirsty than us, so bring a water bottle for your dog when you go outside just as you would bring for yourself. Dehydration signs in your dog to look for include dry gums and excessive drooling.
Though most dogs enjoy sunbathing and soaking up the warm sun, make sure they don’t spend too much time in it. The direct sunlight can cause your dog to possibly overheat which can lead to them having heat stroke. Which we all know... is no good.
Some sun is good, but too much is never good for both you and your pup. Dogs are also prone to getting sunburn just as humans do. They will need to take a break from the sun and spend some time in the shade, eventually. Just like sunburnt people, dogs will also have red skin that is tender to touch. The most common areas being the nose, ears, and belly. Other than the shade, one way to help prevent your doggy from getting sunburnt is with Dog Sunscreen. Yes, that is actually a real thing! Sunscreen for dogs may sound a little crazy to imagine, but it works just the same as sunscreen does for humans.
Dogs don't sweat as we do. They pant. Be aware if your pups panting is heavier than usual. In this case, your dog may be overheating and needs water and a cooler area soon. Other signs to be aware of to ensure your furry friends' safety: wobbling legs, diarrhea, vomiting, thick drool, and dry or bright red gums.
When the outside temperature is 70 degrees F, a car can heat up to 89 degrees F within just 10 minutes, and to 104 in 30 minutes! That’s crazy! This just goes to show, even though 70 degrees may not seem too hot and perfectly fine to leave your dog in the car, it’s not. Temperatures will rise in cars and your pup will have a higher chance of overheating, dehydration, and heat stroke. Which we learned earlier is not good at all! When a dog is left in a hot car, even with windows cracked and rolled down, a dog may also develop symptoms of non-fever hypothermia. This can occur when the body reaches a temperature of 103 degrees F and at 106, a heat stroke is highly likely to occur. It only takes a few minutes for your furry best friend’s vital system to be negatively impacted from being left in a hot car. It is not only dangerous but possibly deadly to leave your dog in the car.
Just as humans need shoes to walk on hot pavement, dogs need shoes too. If the heat of the sidewalk burns our feet, it will burn their paws too. If you are bringing your dog out or on a walk when the heat is at its point, slip on a pair of handy dandy boots or shoes to protect their cute paws.
If possible, walk your dog in the early morning or later at night to help protect your furry friends' paws.
Some humans can swim, some dogs can swim. Some are better than others, but that doesn’t mean Michael Phelps never wore a life vest while out on the water. If even the best of the best wear them, your dog should too. Though your pooch may know how to swim, they may not know how to get out of a pool, lake, or ocean. A Life Vest could very much help your dog to just float around till their human can help them out. Strong currents and rip tides could also bring your doggo out to sea and a life vest could very much do its job and you know… save its life.
Having you are your furry best friend wear a bright colored life vest is always a good idea as it will keep you both visible in the water if something bad were to happen.
Whatever fun adventure you and your pup have planned for the summer, make sure to always proceed with caution but still have fun! Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy the nice warm air, sun, and exciting adventures for the day. Fun in the sun? Only with sunscreen. Remember, you and your dog can always play in the shade where you don’t have to trade a fun day into a band-aid day and persuade your fellow doggy friends to join you. We wouldn’t lead your dog astray and neither should you. Spend quality time with your pup this summer, but remember to keep you and your furry best friend safe.