Summers will be fully fledged in no time. It is the season of fun, friends, surfing, diving and lots of sun. During this happy-go-lucky season, it becomes inevitable to take extra care of dogs. This extended care can always help your sweet little pooch to stay cool and safe in summers. If you want your canine to enjoy this season as equally as you do, then these 8 tips are just for you!
1. Ample of H2O: Let your pooches drink water to their fill. It helps them to cool down and prevents dehydration. Your furry pals should have unlimited access to fresh water at any time. It has been observed that plastic water bowls produce bacteria in summers, which may create unhealthy circumstances for your friend. You can switch to stainless steel or ceramic bowls to avoid this situation.
2. You could be behind bars: Dogs can have a heat stroke if they are left unattended in closed cars. A cracked window will not help him breathe enough to go on with his life. The car can heat up to twice the heat outside in no time. Most heat strokes recorded have this as the main reason. Did you know? Keeping pets unattended in cars is an offense in 14 states and several municipalities! So, to avoid being behind bars, you may need to stay a bit careful with your pet.
3. Shed in shade: Winters can make your tykes a bit plump. To get them back in shape, summer is the best time. But, it is necessary to manage the timings to walk your dog. Cooler hours are the best time to make your pooch shed all the extra weight gained in winter. It is recommended to skip these walks if, there is extreme heat outside.
4. Water paddles can be bliss: For dogs, it is more difficult to adapt summers than it is for humans. Beaches can always be fun for pups too. Try taking them to the pools or beaches, but you should be there to help him whenever he needs. All dogs are not natural swimmers, however you can always help them in learning. Some dogs just move their front legs, you can paddle the rear legs and they will learn soon. Kiddie pools is an easy option to keep off the heat. Fill these tubs to let your pooches relax and feel the cool water. This can help them cool their bodies.
5. Know your canines: It is very essential to keep track of your dog’s pulse, the counts of resting breaths and pants while exercising them. Ask your vet about his normal temperature, so that you can immediately guess an emergency situation or any abnormal behavior. If you know this information, it becomes easier to judge whether your pooch is showing any symptoms of heat stroke. If you recognize any change in your friend, immediately consult a vet.
6. Prevent sunburns: Skin cancer is the most common cancer among dogs. Excessive exposure to UV rays may be one of the reasons to cause cancer. It is very necessary to apply sunscreen lotions on your tykes to avoid sunburns or any other serious skin disease. Consult your vet to know whether trimming their fur would be good or not. If yes, trim their coat to 1 inch so that they get cooler air along with protection from the direct sun.
7. Gift dog shoes to your furry pals: Dog shoes can be the best summer gift for your little friend. We cannot stand barefoot in summers. It could be the same for them. Why not style them a bit? Get summer shoes for them so that their paws do not get sunburned and they can walk with ease. But, you may need to be careful as they sweat only through paws and by panting. You can avoid putting them on for longer time. Walking on side tracks, sand or pavements in these shoes will make them feel a lot better.
8. Make treats for them: Your pooches may just fall in love with you again for the cold treats you serve them. You can always make icy treats at home and let your dog have a bite to chill. Fruit Ice, frozen meat treats or ginger balls can make their day much better. You can also put ice cubes around them to let them cool their bodies.