Many dogs enjoy the outdoors during warm summer days just as much as people do. They will often ask to go outside more just so they can lie in the sun or romp in the yard. Dog owners should adjust their pet care practices for the summer season and products from a pet supermarket can help.
Step 1: Summer is flea and tick season so use a flea and tick control product to protect your dog. Frontline is one of the most popular brands but there are also lower-priced alternatives like Bio Spot. Select the product that provides the desired level of protection and is compatible with the weight of your dog. Check the dog daily for fleas and ticks.
Step 2: Do not leave the dog in the car even on a cooler summer day. In just minutes, the sun can raise the interior temperature of a car to 120 degrees even if the windows are open. Leave the dog at home or take it with you on a leash.
Step 3: Make sure the dog water bowl is always filled with water. If you take your dog outdoors, take along a portable water bowl and plenty of water.
Step 4: Dog fur provides protection but a canine can still be sunburned. Limit outdoor exposure from 10 AM to 4 PM. If the dog must be outdoors during those hours, apply sun block to the tips of its ears, the tip of the nose, and the skin around the lips. Animal sunburn can cause pain, skin peeling, and even skin cancer.
Step 5: Maintaining the pet grooming routine allows the fur to insulate from heat and protect from the sun. Comb out tangles and remove mats. If fur is very thick, have it clipped during the summer.
Step 6: On a humid day, dogs may have difficulty shedding excess body heat. Dogs only perspire around their paw area and this is not enough to cool their bodies. They pant to get rid of excess heat and on humid days, this may be difficult to do. Therefore, keep the animal inside in a cool house during days with high humidity.
Step 7: Maintaining a healthy weight helps a dog stay cool. Exercise is an important part of this but too much of it can cause a dog to overheat. Take slow walks when the sun is rising or setting rather than a strenuous run in the middle of the day. If the dog pants excessively or appears exhausted, end the exercises for the day.