Hello summer! The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and the days are filled with outdoor activities. While it’s tempting to include your favorite furry family member in the fun, the hot weather can be dangerous for your pup. Before you head outside, read these tips to keep your dog happy, cool and safe.
1. Have Plenty Of Water
Hydration is key! Dogs lose moisture faster than humans so it’s important that fresh water is always available. Use deep bowls to keep the water colder longer and add ice cubes for an extra chill. Or, surprise them with a cool and sweet dog-friendly treat.
2. Provide Shade
If spending time outside, make sure there is shade for your pup to escape the sun. Trees, tarps and umbrellas are the best options as they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not help as it magnifies the heat by trapping it inside.
3. Be Smart About Exercise
If your dog is in need of physical activity, a good rule of thumb is to do it first thing in the morning or late at night when there isn’t direct sunlight or high temperatures. It’s also best to adjust the intensity and/or duration depending on the temperature and humidity levels.
4. Watch Their Paws
If it’s too hot for your feet, then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Asphalt and concrete hold in heat; getting hotter than the temperature. If you can’t keep your feet on the ground for seven seconds, then your pup shouldn’t be walking on it. Dog boots or shoes are a great way to provide paw protection.
5. Play Inside
Planning a day full of outdoor activities for your family, but don’t want to expose your dog to the heat? Drop them off at a dog daycare so they can have fun, too! Your pup will enjoy hours of open play in our clean, safe and climate-controlled playrooms. They’ll spend the day playing, socializing and burning off energy with like-minded BFFFs (Best Furry Friends Forever) under the watchful eye of our certified Canine Coaches.
“Hot Weather Safety Tips for Your Dog.” Dogtopia, 9 June 2021, www.dogtopia.com/blog/hot-weather-safety-tips-for-your-dog/.