During the warmer months, it’s important to remember that dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather including heat stroke, sunburn, and foot pad burns. Rising temperatures can create all sorts of risks for the furry member(s) of your household. Due to this reason, it’s important to protect your dog from the summer heat.
Yes, when it’s warm outside and we all love to spend more time enjoying the sunny days. But, keep in mind that your furry friend has a big fur coat that makes sunny days even warmer.
Even though it might be tempting to take your dog out for a daily stroll or weekend adventure, keep in mind that a hot summer day can take its toll on your best buddy.
8 Ways to Protect Your Dog from Summer Heat
Here are 8 ways to make sure your dog is protected from the summer heat.
- Never leave your dog in a parked car, not even if you park in the shade or plan to be gone for only a few minutes.
- Make sure your dog has access to fresh water in the house.
- Give dogs access to shade and fresh water when spending time outside.
- Allow dogs a chance to swim, splash in a wading pool, or run through a sprinkler.
- Take walks during the cooler parts of the day.
- Try to stay off of hot surfaces when walking to avoid burning the paw pads.
- Keep your dog free of external parasites like fleas and ticks.
- Look for signs of heat exhaustion. If your dog shows signs of heat stress—heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea, or wobbly legs—don’t place the dog in ice cold water, which can put the dog into shock. Instead, move the dog to a cool place, drape a damp towel over the body, and take the dog to the vet as soon as you can.
Also, it’s important to note that it might not always be a wise decision to shave your dog’s fur during the warmer months. If your dog loves to swim, gets matted, sheds a lot, or spends time outdoors, then it might be a good idea to give the dog a summer shave. On the other hand, if your dog’s fur coat provides protection (e.g., sun, flies, mosquitoes, etc.), then it might not be a good idea to shave your dog. If you’re not sure what to do, then be sure to talk to you vet before giving your dog a summer shave.
How do you protect your dog from the summer heat?