Hot Temperatures and Your Dogs: Tips to Keep Them Safe

June 2016

As this summer’s temperatures rise and we turn on our air conditioners, don’t forget that your pups are panting, too! If possible, bring your dog inside, especially during the heat of the day. Here are some tips to help Fido fight off the summertime blues and stay safe and cool.

Offer up fresh water, always. Dogs use water to cool themselves, so it’s vital to always give them access to a big bowl of cool, clean water. If your canine is outside, use a plastic bowl, because metal bowls can heat to a sizzling temperature that may end up burning your dog’s nose. Refill and change the water daily.

Provide shade. A nice tree or porch can be a cool respite for your furry friend during the hottest part of the year. If neither are available, think about adding a tent or tarp that can block the sun’s rays.

Buzz a summer cut. If your dog has long, thick hair, one of the best ways to keep him or her cool is to give a short shave. A groomer can buzz your dog in just a few minutes. If you try to do it yourself, be very careful and don’t attempt to shave too close, as this can irritate your dog’s skin and create a whole new set of issues.

Consider pool time. Dogs love to romp in water, so look into purchasing a small plastic pool. Hot dogs can cool themselves off by taking a summertime dip during sweltering weather. As a bonus, this can be entertaining for us humans to watch.

Protect from fleas and ticks. These critters carry nasty diseases that are detrimental to your pet’s health. Invest in a flea and tick collar, or a monthly dose of medicine that fights these tiny beasts off.

Summertime is fun and outdoor activities are a blast. Take these precautions to ensure your fluffy buddy enjoys this time of year and stays safe, healthy, and flea-free!