Hot weather can be as uncomfortable or dangerous for dogs as it is for humans. When temperatures rise, dog owners should follow several tips to keep their dogs cool and healthy. Dogs will enjoy their time outdoors and there will be no unexpected trips to the vet. Pet owners can even take their canines to a dog-friendly beach for some fun in the sun.
Tip 1: Create a shady spot for the dog to rest in during a hot day. A doghouse can trap heat so this is an unsuitable location. One solution is to fill a kiddy pool with water to provide a cooling off place for the pooch.
Tip 2: Give the dog cool, fresh water to drink throughout the day.
Tip 3: Never leave a dog in an enclosed vehicle on a hot day because car interior temperatures can reach three digits in just minutes.
Tip 4: Let dogs take it easy during very hot days. Keep short-faced dogs inside and turn on the air conditioning. These dogs do not pant efficiently, making hot weather even more uncomfortable for them. If you must walk your dogs, go during early morning or after the sun has set.
Tip 5: Do not force dogs to walk on hot sand or asphalt for prolonged periods because these surfaces can burn their paws.
Tip 6: Even dogs can get sunburn so limit canine exposure to the sun and apply sun block to the nose and ears 30 minutes prior to a day in the sun.
Tip 7: At the beach, prevent the dog from drinking salt water, which can make it sick. Also, keep an eye out for jellyfish and sea lice that may prey on dogs.
Tip 8: After fertilizing or chemically treating a lawn, keep the dog off of it for at least 24 hours or as long as recommended by the product manufacturer.
Tip 9: Treat the dog to prevent mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, which come out in full force during warm weather.