Friday, July 4, 2014

Pets and Summer Heat

Summer comes and your pet loves to go out side, but your dog can really feel the heat. Its important to keep your dog cool, its very vital for his/hers well being. It will also help your dog to stop all that dribbling and painting all over the house.

It important to provide constant access to fresh and clean water. Keeping a dog bowl filled with water where your dog has access to it at all times. If your dog drinks the water quickly you may want to invest in a bigger bowl. Enact a family roster to ensure that someone is always remembering to check and refill the bowl when needed.

Giving your dog the place to get wet is not a bad idea either. A small kiddie pool is a great container for them to jump into and keep cool. A sprinkler is not a bad idea either. 

In the house in the AC is the best place for your dog. It provides him with a comfortable shelter from the heat. If your dog is out side, place a dog bed on the porch in the shade.

Also avoid hot ground under your dogs paws, hot pavement can burn your dogs pads severely. There are dog booties if you dog permits you to put them on and use them.

Giving your dog a short hair cut will also help if he has thick hair. This will help keep him properly cooled so he doesn't get heat stroke.

You can also give your dog cool or cold treats. Keep his food in the fridge prior to feeding. Or make some dog Popsicles to provide both cooling and entertainment.

Limit your dog's exercise in summer heat. Playing in the sun for long periods can take a toll on your dog. You may even consider skipping your daily long walk, until the sun is down and its cooler out side. 

The most important tip is to never ever leave your dog in the car, even if the window is cracked. It is dangerous, and does not take long for the heat to kill your beloved pet.

For short haired breeds, they can get sunburn. Make sure to check their skin, and even apply some sunscreen before they go out.

Follow these tips and have a safe pet friendly summer!

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