You enjoy taking your pet on vacations, but what do you do if the destination does not permit pets? What are you going to do? Let your dog out in the car? That’s fine on cool days, but now when it’s summer. Inside a car, temperatures can easily exceed 100 degrees (even on those spring and autumn days when it’s not so hot outside), and it can warm up a fast car within just a few minutes.
Keep in mind that your dog is protected from the scorching heat of the day by his fur coat so never put a muzzle on him when it’s extremely hot outside. Leave your dog at home when it’s extremely hot outside (indoors or outside in the shade, always drinking water). Have someone in the vehicle with them if you need to stop briefly.
Summer Dog Safety Tips
Summer is the best time to go with your pet for a stroll in the park. You can visit the beach, enjoy an outdoor BBQ, or enjoy the garden at this time of year. It’s tempting to cool down with refreshing drinks ice-cold when the sun is shining, but remember that your pet could suffer the same. It’s a difficult time for dogs. So here are five simple safety guidelines:
1. Give water and a shady place to rest.
We’ve been told that dogs aren’t as adept at controlling their body temperature as humans. So on a particularly hot day, it’s best to allow them to stay inside. Make sure to give your pet an environment that is a cool and comfortable place to relax whenever you’re out in the heat for long durations. Water is vital to be hydrated, so don’t neglect it.
2. Purchase a cheap plastic swimming pool.
Are you planning to take a dip in the pool, one of your top ways to spend your time this summer? Your dog is probably too. To keep your pet cool, invest in an inexpensive plastic pool (dogs’ nails could cause a puncture to an inflatable one). If there is no pool available, a water fountain or hose could provide fun and refreshments.
3. Go for walks during cool hours.
If you walk your dog regularly, try to take it in the early morning or later in the afternoon when the sidewalks aren’t very hot. The paws of your pet will get burned by hot sand or concrete. Avoid walking on asphalt or concrete when required to do so during the day.
4. Always offer them clean water.
Don’t ever allow your pet to drink from oceans, lakes, or even swimming pools when you’re enjoying a swim, as this can be risky for him. If too much saltwater gets consumed by a dog, it could cause dehydration, vomiting, and death.
5. Check for warning indicators of heatstroke.
It’s essential to spot the symptoms of heatstroke in Your pet and take it to the vet as soon as possible. Drooling or heavy pausing and sparkling red gums can be early indications of dogs’ heatstroke. Insomnia, nausea, and pale gums are signs of extreme heat exhaustion.
You and your pet will have a great summer by following these essential safety tips for dogs during the summer season.
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