The heat is rising, and the summer season is quickly approaching! If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably bringing out the barbecue, beach chairs, and flip flops, and planning some summer trips and getaways. For us at our dog training O’Fallon location, summer means fun with our pooches! However, if you have a dog, there are some things you need to consider before the temperature really starts to rise! Certain health conditions can be developed or aggravated in dogs because of the summer heat. So, keep these tips in mind to have a fun and healthy summer with your furry friend:
1. Never leave your dog in the car.
Did you know that it’s actually illegal in at least 14 states to leave your dog unattended in a hot car? Even though you might crack the windows, the heat can actually be deadly to your canine. The temperature inside of a car can rise to over 100 degrees in only a few minutes; so, even if you’re just going to pop into a few stores, leave Fido at home!
2. Make sure your dog is hydrated.
This is especially vital if your dog has been playing outside, or doing any sort of physical activity. Even if your dog doesn’t appear to be thirsty, make sure he always has access to plenty of fresh, cold water to stay hydrated, refreshed, and healthy.
3. Don’t leave your dog out in the hot sun
Make sure that your dog always has access to a shady and cool spot, other than a doghouse (which tends to trap heat) to rest in. If your dog is going to be outside for a longer period of time, maybe consider getting a cheap plastic kiddy pool for him to splash around and cool off in!
4. Know which toxins are in your environment
Many people take advantage of the warmer weather to landscape and beautify their lawns and gardens. However, when lawns are chemically treated and fertilized, they can potentially become dangerous and toxic to your dog. Make sure that your dog doesn’t have access to any lawns that have been treated or fertilized within 24 hours.
5. Be cautious at the beach!
For lots of dogs, going to the beach in the summer is a fun treat! However, there are a few precautions that you should take. Apply a small amount of sunscreen to your dog’s ear and nose before sun exposure, and check periodically to make sure he isn’t getting sunburned or overheated. Additionally, never ever throw your dog into the ocean playfully, or leave him unsupervised. Make sure he isn’t drinking any saltwater, either! Keep this tip, and all the rest in mind, and have a fun and safe summer with your pooch!