Thanks to Royal Canin for sponsoring this post on keeping your dogs safe in the summer.
Just like humans, dogs are highly affected by the heat of summer. It is a hard balance between wanting to keep them active and also keeping them safe from the warmer weather. Our Golden prefers the air conditioning to the heat but that does not mean we can just let her be lazy all summer! She needs to stay active. We are going to share some dog care tips on how to keep you dogs active but safe in the summer.
While keeping your dog active in the summer here are some dog care considerations:
Never keep your dogs in the car during a warm day. You would not keep a child in a car and the same goes for your dog. If your dog is outside for a long time, consider putting out a baby pool for them to cool off. Allow them to swim in creeks and rivers if they are strong swimmers, but always have fresh water for them to drink. Discourage them drinking from puddles etc.
Did you know you can apply pet-friendly sunscreen on your dogs? Dogs that have thin coats are especially vulnerable. Before applying any to your pet, talk to your vet for recommendations.
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Ever walk on your driveway in the middle of the day barefoot? Well your dog has no choice to put shoes on. Be careful to walk them early in the morning or late at night when pavement has a chance to cool off. Also finding a grassy field might be ideal.
Never restrict a pet from water. Have plenty of bowls outdoors and always bring along an extra supply while hiking or at the beach with your dog.
Keep play sessions and walks shorter on very hot days. Instead of an hour long walk, provide a few short bursts of exercise during the day or get up early in the morning when it is coolest and the pavement is not heated.
For more information about pet summer safety and tips, check out My Pet Reference, from my partners at Royal Canin.