Staying hydrated, and other summertime considerations for you and your dog.
During the summer months, it’s inevitable that dog owners and their dogs enjoy the weather together wherever they go.
Depending on where you live, the weather can be sweltering and unwavering, especially during June through September.
That means when outside, you and your dog both risk:
Your strategy as a dog owner means being prepared.
Here are 5 ways to become a hero to your dog.
First, scope out the place you’ll be visiting for a day out
Need an example?
In the military, a recon team first goes out to check an area where camp might be set up.
The proposed camp area must be safe, cleaned up, or dismissed in favor of another area.
The same is true when you and your pet go anywhere.
- Is there enough opportunity in the area for shade?
- Are there sources of water around?
- Is the area filled with surprises in the terrain, like debris, wood, nails, garbage? Is the terrain more rock than grass?
- Has the area cleaned and or landscaped by a ground crew?
- Are there small animals, snakes, insects, etc. prevalent?
- Is there a point of entry and exit in the event you need to get away quickly
Please forgive the tactical nature of the above, but your dog is your family, and providing the best for your dog means you’re in charge!
Second, learn about how heat affects your dog and know the signs.
Recognize the signs of heat strain on your dog. You may already know a dog’s normal temperature is between 100 and 103 degrees F or 40+ Celcius.
And when dogs fight to normalize their body temperature, they drink water and plant. But these are the initial signs that your dog may be struggling,
Check for these signs of your dog overheating on your next outside trek:
- Heavy Panting
- Brighter than normal gums
- Dry Gumline
- Thick drool
- Wobbly legs
If you confirm any of the above, move them to shade, give water, provide a damp towel of their body, and transport them to a Vet.
Third, when in a hurry it is easy to consider leaving your dog in a car. Please do not try this.
Temperatures inside a vehicle can exceed 100 degrees F or 40+ degrees C.
There may also be laws that protect dogs and animals within vehicles.
Please be watchful and take your dog with you. Many stores now are pet friendly.
Fourth, it is possible to apply sunscreen to a dog.
Trim excess fur, when possible, but only to an inch of fur remaining.
Apply sunscreen anywhere the sun’s rays may reach your dog.
Fifth. Mind your dog’s paws.
Animal’s heat and cool off from their paws to their head.
It is excellent sense to keep your pet away from hot cement and asphalt.
But if you have no other choice, consider special booties, especially if it is impractical to spray their paws and belly with water while walking.
You’re the primary means of preventative measures and safety for your dog!
We wish you a safe and happy summer with your dog.
Bill Bistak B Sc., SEO/SEM Spc, CRT
“Some of the best memories in life are from our relationships with our pets.”
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