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Fun and Sun: Keeping Your Dog Safe This Summer

Summer's here, and it's time for you and your pup to soak up some sun and enjoy the great outdoors! But before you dash out the door, let’s make sure your furry friend stays safe and sound during the sunny season. Here are some playful yet practical tips to keep your dog happy and healthy all summer long.

1. Hydration Station

Water, water, everywhere, and your dog needs a drink! Keep your pooch hydrated by making sure they always have fresh water available. On adventures, bring along a cool doggy water bottle and a collapsible bowl. Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration, like heavy panting and drooling. If your dog looks extra tired, offer water and find some shade ASAP. Remember that just because your dog may have been swimming, this does not mean that they can't become dehydrated. Swimming does not equal hydration!

2. Beat the Heat

The sun is great, but that midday heat? Not so much. Schedule your walks and playtime for the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler. This way, you’ll avoid hot pavement that can burn your dog’s paws. Remember, if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their feet!

3. No Hot Cars

This one’s a biggie: NEVEREVER leave your dog in a parked car. Even if you’re just running a quick errand, the inside of a car can heat up to dangerous levels in no time. When in doubt, leave your furry friend at home where it’s cool and safe.

4. Pesky Pests Beware

Summer is bug season, and pests like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are out in full force. Protect your pup with vet-approved flea and take tick prevention seriously. You can read our blog all about ticks here. Regularly check your dog for ticks after outdoor adventures and remove any you find right away.

5. Shade Parade

Make sure your dog has plenty of shady spots to chill out in. Whether you’re at the park, the beach, or your backyard, look for natural shade or bring an umbrella or pop-up tent. Your pup will thank you for the cool retreat!

6. Sun’s Out, Sunscreen’s On

Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned too! Protect their skin with pet-safe sunscreen on exposed areas like the nose, ears, and belly. Skip the human sunscreen—it can be toxic to pets. For extra protection, consider doggy sun shirts for short-haired or sensitive-skinned pups.

7. Exercise Wisely

Dogs still need exercise in the summer, but it’s all about working smarter, not harder. Opt for shorter, more frequent walks instead of marathon outings. Watch for signs of overheating, like excessive panting or drooling, and take breaks in the shade as needed.

8. Water Fun, Safely Done

Got a water-loving pup? Introduce them to water slowly and always supervise their swims. Invest in a doggy life jacket, especially for boating trips or deep waters. After a fun dip in the pool or ocean, rinse your dog off to remove salt and pool chemicals.

9. Know the Heatstroke Hints

Heatstroke is no joke! Be aware of the warning signs: rapid panting, red gums, thick saliva, vomiting and diarrhoea. If you think your dog is overheating, move them to a cool spot, offer water, and wet their coat with cool (not cold) water. Call your vet immediately for further instructions.

Summer is the perfect time for fun in the sun with your furry best friend. By keeping these tips in mind, you can ensure your dog enjoys the season safely and happily. So grab that lead, pack some water, and get ready for some paws-itively amazing summer adventures!

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