Pavement is hot! If you regularly walk, jog, or bike with your dog, be conscious of the time of day, the hot pavement can burn your friend’s paws – try early morning or evening so they can enjoy their time with you.
Heat can be dangerous for your pet, leaving them inside with the air conditioning is great, but if they must be outside, make sure they are in the shade and have access to plenty of water.
Never, ever leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. Cracking a window open will not prevent overheating or suffering heatstroke on a warm summer day – it can take as little as 10 minutes!
Make sure your pet always has access to water during hot weather – a full, tip-proof bowl keeps them happy and healthy.
Outdoor excursions: When hiking, camping, or going to the beach, make sure you bring along a water bowl and water for your pet as well as an umbrella for shade. A towel can be used to both dry off your pet and to give them an option of a place to lie down that is not scorching hot.
Cool Down: Freeze favorite food or treats, such as Kongs, or ice cubes with chicken broth, or try freezing a variety of toys and treats inside one big ice cube. A kiddie pool filled with cool water is a fun activity for your furry friend to play in.
Check on your pet when they are outside. Ensure your pet is having a good time in the heat and can get out of the sun in a nice, shaded area as needed – do not forget the water!
Pets in cars: If you go out in the car, leave your pet at home rather than in a hot vehicle, where it can take as little as 10 minutes for a pet to suffer irreparable brain damage or even death.
Keeping your pet well-groomed keeps them cool and resist the urge to shave off their fur – pet’s sunburn too!
In the summer some dogs like to find shade under vehicles – always check before you head out in the case, they decided to take a nap.
Wishing you and your pets a safe and super summer!