Keep Your Dog Cool This Summer

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Summer is an excellent time to get outside with your furry friend! It can also be risky for your pet’s health and wellness. There are some steps you can take to help ensure that your dog has a care-free and safe summer. Read some tips below from your Plainview veterinarian, Dr. Gottlieb, to help keep your pet happy and comfortable all summer long.

 

  1. Never leave them in the car. Leaving your dog in the car, even for a few moments, can leave them at risk for serious health issues. On a 90-degree day, it only takes about 20 minutes for your car to reach 130 degrees. Dogs can’t regulate body temperature the same way humans do and they are left at great risk if left alone in the heat. Cracking the window open is not enough and has little effect on the internal heat of the car. Always take your dog with you if you need to run an errand while they are with you, otherwise, it may be best to leave them at home.
  2. Avoid sunburn. Shorthaired pets can benefit from the use of sunscreen on sunny days. Pink or white areas of skin are vulnerable to sun damage. Areas like their nose, ears, lips, and bellies don’t have hair to protect them and may require some help. There are specific products available for pets to help prevent sunburn. There are various options ranging from organic, vegan, and chemical-free. While haircuts can help keep your pet cool, their fur can actually help protect them from the sun. Don’t completely shave your pet and always provide lots of shade for them to relax under.
  3. Be mindful of when you exercise. Pets need to remain active and use their energy, even in the hot summer months. There are ways you can still provide sufficient exercise time for your pet while also protecting them from the heat. Exercise either before the sun comes up or after it sets. This will help keep your pet cool and protect their skin from sun damage.
  4. Avoid hot asphalt. Asphalt can be incredibly hot for your pet’s paws. The proximity of their body to the asphalt can also raise their body temperature drastically. Choose to walk your dog on the grass or a sidewalk instead of the street, or consider buying shoes for them to protect their paws during the hottest hours of the day.
  5. Avoid humidity. Humid weather can interfere with your pet’s ability to pant and keep themselves cool. If it is too humid and hot outside, consider keeping your walk as short as possible so that you can return to the air conditioning indoors.
  6. Use air conditioning. Modern conveniences can help your pet stay comfortable and healthy all summer long. Providing enough shade, water, and air conditioning can help your pet stay happy and energetic throughout the summer season. Your Plainview veterinarian recommends turning on the AC, even when you’re not home, to make sure that your pet is comfortable all day long.
  7. Leave them at home. It may be tempting to want to bring your furry friend everywhere with you. Summer adventures are so much more fun with your best companion! However, sometimes leaving your pet at home is the most sensible option. Crowded or hot environments can stress your dog out, and they may be susceptible to heat stroke or even behavioral problems.
  8. Be prepared for fireworks. Fireworks can scare your pet and make them skittish. Choosing to leave them at home will ensure that they don’t run off during any barbeques or pool parties. Staying home with them may be a good idea to help them feel safe and calm. A scared dog tends to be a little destructive to the house, so your presence may be able to ease those nerves.
  9. Check for ticks. Ticks can carry diseases that may be harmful to your pet’s health. Always check for ticks after walking them in grassy or wooded areas. Your Plainview veterinarian recommends using a tick prevention treatment year-round to protect your pet during all seasons.
  10. Don’t assume your dog can swim. Not all dogs can swim, so don’t ever throw them in the pool or leave them outside alone. If you have an inground pool, make sure there is a fence so that your dog can’t get to it. Not only can they drown, but drinking pool chemicals can be toxic to your pet. You can train your dog to swim or enroll them in swimming classes in case of emergency. Always monitor your dog in the pool to make sure that they don’t have difficulty from the exhaustion of swimming. You can also invest in a kiddie pool that would provide your pet with relief from the heat while also being shallow enough to eliminate risk.

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