Summer is the perfect time for outdoor fun! Many people spend large amounts of time outside with their families and friends during the summer. It is only natural to want to bring your furry friends outside with you! Whether it be to the beach, the park, or just in your backyard it is important to keep your dog’s safety in mind when you’re outdoors, especially in the summer heat.
Here are some tips to ensure you and your dog have a great time in the summer!
Have plenty of water available
It is so important for your dog to have access to clean drinking water in the heat. Without water available the dog can become dehydrated, which can lead to health issues. If you are near a body of water, do not allow your dog to drink water you did not provide. If you are at the beach, salt water can be extremely harmful to dogs. Even freshwater sources, like lakes and rivers, can have toxins in them that can harm your pooch. Pool water also has toxic chemicals. Only let your dog drink water that you provided, and make sure it is available always! For more information about taking your dog to the water, check out our upcoming blog about proper water safety!
Don’t make your dog walk on hot concrete
Hot concrete can be horrible for a dog’s feet. If you’re taking your dog for a walk, make sure he’s on the grass or dirt as much as possible. Of course, there will be times that grass, or dirt is unavailable, but be sure to avoid concrete. Hot concrete or asphalt can severely hut your dog’s feet. The pads on their feet can get burned and become severely damaged. If it is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it is too hot for your dog!
Try a small pool
A shallow pool can be a fun way for your dog to cool off! Doggie pools are available on www.amazon.com for about $30. They are designed for dogs to play in, but pools designed for small children can also be used for your dog. Be wary of inflatable pools, as your dog’s nails or teeth may puncture it. Never force your dog into the pool if he does not want to go in. While it can help keep him cool, it won’t be fun for anybody if your dog is stressed and uncomfortable. Be sure the water is not too high and you’re watching your dog when he’s in the pool. Bonus for this tip, a pool doubles as a bathtub!
Freeze toys to keep dog occupied and cool
This step takes a bit of planning, but it can be worth it! Place some of your dog’s favorite things, like treats and toys, in a large bowl, submerge in water, and freeze it. This gives your dog a water source, keeps them cool, and is fun! Freezing your dog’s Kong toy is also great and can provide relief! For more information about using a king toy, check out our blog about using a Kong toy for crate training!
Pay attention to your dog
Be sure to observe your dog regularly when playing in the heat. Be sure he isn’t becoming sick (vomiting and diarrhea), panting heavily, dizziness, and becoming unresponsive. If your dog exhibits any unusual behavior, take him to the vet immediately. Be sure not to exercise them heavily on a hot day and do not muzzle them when it’s hot. This ca lead to overheating.
NEVER leave your dog in the car
This tip may seem obvious to some people, but we need to keep the reminder out there because incidents still occur. NEVER leave your dog in the car, especially in the summer! It is so dangerous, and many dogs have died from their owners leaving them in cars. Even with the window cracked and even when it isn’t that hot outside, it is NOT worth the risk of your dog’s life and safety.
If you use any of these tips to keep your dogs cool and safe, let us know in the comments!