As the warmer months approach, it is important to remember that your beloved dogs are vulnerable to hot weather. Excessive exposure to the heat and sun may cause dogs sunburn, dehydration, and other side effects experienced by humans. However, unlike humans, dogs do not have the ability to sweat through the skin, only through their feet’s pad. Moreover, dogs cool themselves through panting. Because of these, they can get really warm during the hot seasons.
Tip #1: Give them access to water.
Clean and fresh water is a must in a hot weather. As a pet parent, you must ensure that your dog has 24-hour access to clean and fresh water to keep it hydrated. When you go for walks with your dog, remember to also bring collapsible water dispenser and bowl with you. For longer travels, it is also advisable to keep one in your car.
Tip #2: Never abandon your dog in the car.
The temperature in a car can reach up to 120 degrees in a warm weather even with an open window. Imagine how uncomfortable it would be if you leave your dog inside your car! Even if you turn on air conditioning, it is not an assurance that it will improve your car’s environment for your dog.
Tip #3: Don’t forget sunscreen application.
Sunburns are as uncomfortable for dogs as they are for humans. Even the furriest dogs can still get sunburned. Overexposure to the sun can cause skin to be flaky and peeling. Applying sunscreen, especially around the mouth, in the ears and nose, will help protect your dog from the harmful effects of the sun.
Tip #4: Schedule logical walks.
Daily walks are important in maintaining the good health of your pet. To avoid the hottest temperature during warm months, it is best to schedule those walks early in the morning or evening. Take note also that the pavement and sidewalk can get too hot during the day, which can burn the pads of your dog’s feet.
Tip #5: Be careful during water play.
Spending some playtime in a refreshing body of water is a great way to cool off. Most dogs know how to swim and enjoy plunging into water. However, you must take note of your dog’s breed, stamina and past encounter with water. This is because there are certain dogs that are not great swimmers. A pool or a lake may be overwhelming to a puppy or a first timer dog. In such a case, you can find dog-friendly pools and some even offer swimming lessons for your dogs.