Summertime has finally hit and the weather is starting to heat up! Put your sunscreen on, grab your water bottles, and head to the beach with your pals.
But don't forget your dogs!
As the heat is starting to creep up amongst us, it's important to stay safe and make sure you stay hydrated and avoid getting sunburnt. The same goes for your animals at home. As fun as it is to go to the park or the beach with your dogs, the weather that you find tolerable may just be a little too much for your little friend.
DO NOT leave your dogs in the car alone, even if it's for a brief amount of time. It's hard for them to breathe, and you might just come back to a broken window from someone who was scared for them too.
DO NOT assume that all dogs are great swimmers and immediately place them in your pools. It's a great way to keep your dog cool, but it would be better to slowly introduce water to your dog if they're not used to it to avoid shocking them.
If they're an outside dog, make sure they're in plenty of shade and consider taking them inside when the weather becomes too hot for them to handle. If you notice your dog panting harder than usual, try not to let them drink ice water. This may shock their bodies and work against them in the long run. It's best to run a damp washcloth over their fur to cool them down quickly and provide room temperature water.
Last but not least, before you plan on taking them outside on the pavement, first place your hand on the ground. If it hurts your hand to continuously remain there, it's definitely too hot for your dogs paws.
I hope you enjoy your summer! Don't forget to eat good food and spend it with great people. Just make sure your dog can enjoy it with you too!