Longer days, beach vacations, and shared ice cream cones are just some of the things your pup looks forward to during the summer. It’s a fun time of year but it can also be dangerous if you don’t take proper precautions.
Here are five tips to make sure your dog enjoys the dog days of summer.
Protect Their Paws
Hot pavement can burn your pup’s paw pads the same way that hot sand can burn your feet. Burnt paws can develop blisters and cause your pup to lick their paws a lot.
Be sure to walk your dog in grassy or shady areas. You can also consider using socks with grips on the bottom like Power Paws. You can sooth their hot paws with a cool wet towel and chilled aloe from the fridge. If you notice any open sores that don’t heal quickly, visit the vet to make sure there isn’t an infection.
Some dogs may be frightened of the water and can drown if unsupervised. Go in with them the first time to make sure they’re comfortable. You can also get a dog floatation jacket to be on the safe side. If you are in the ocean, stay very close to shore. It’s very easy for a dog to get knocked over by a wave and currents can be too strong for them to swim against. Give your pup a rinse afterward to wash off any chemicals or uncomfortable sand.
Lyme disease is the most well-known tick-related disease, but recently there have been significantly higher rates of all tick-related illnesses including Rocky Mountain spotted and Anaplasmosis.
Take a few minutes every day to check your dog’s skin for ticks by running your hands all over their body. Pay special attention to the inside of ear, under the collar, in between toes, genital area, and under the tail. Your dog will enjoy this special massage! If you find one, remove it carefully with tweezers and put it in a sealed container to take to your vet and get it tested. There are all-natural tick prevention sprays available that can help as well.
Don’t Get Burned
White dogs have fairer skin and breeds with tight coats, like Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas, are particularly vulnerable to getting burned because more of their skin is exposed. Sheering them down will just make them more susceptible to sunburn. Try to stay indoors during peak heat hours and stay in the shade when outdoor.
Signs that your dog got too much sun are pink skin or if they become sensitive to light touching. You can soak them in an oatmeal bath or chill natural aloe in the fridge and massage the gel into their skin to soothe a sunburn.
Drink to Avoid Dehydration
Heat stroke can happen if your dog gets overheated and is not able to cool down. Give your dog unrestricted access to clean water. You want to make sure the inside of your dog’s mouth remains moist and shiny, not dry, which means they need to drink more water. The fastest way to cool a dog down is through their paw pads so a cool wet towel can help do the trick. By now all pet parents should know that it is never safe to leave a dog in a hot car even if it’s just for a few minutes.