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3 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Healthy This Summer

It's getting hot out, and that means changing your dog's routine to keep him safe and comfortable.

It’s getting hot outside, and it's time to take off a few layers. But what about your dog?

I live in Dunedin, where people take their dogs with them everywhere, all the time. This time of year, people need to think about the heat before taking their dogs along. 

Here are three tips for keeping your dogs comfortable during the summer.

1. Walk when it's cooler outside.

I have been watching people walk their dogs in the hottest part of the day on blacktop. For people, walking in the afternoon isn't a big deal — but they wear shoes!

I love taking my two babies out with me, but I also love them enough to keep them healthy and comfortable. I only take them walking early in the morning before it gets hot, or in the evening as the sun is going down.

2. Give your dog extra water breaks.

I am not a runner, so I would never take my dogs running, but I see people doing it every day. Remember: If you are sweating and getting dehydrated, your dog is even more so, and he cannot tell you that he needs to stop for a drink of water.

3. Protect your dog's skin from the sun.  

It is a good idea to put sunscreen on your dogs if they have a chance of getting burnt. Most of the time, this applies to light-colored dogs with little fur. Just make sure you use dog sunscreen and not human sunscreen! You may think this is not a big deal, but the dog will lick itself and ingest the sunscreen.  Doggie sunscreen can be found at your local pet store, or even online. 

When you reach for the leash this summer, think about your dog’s health. Your dog cannot put shoes on, take off its fur coat or even carry its own water.  Please do not take your dog out in the heat unless there is a way for it to cool down, do not make it walk on hot blacktop, give it lots of water, and protect it from the sun.

And, of course, the final thing you need to do with your dogs this summer is: Love them, and have fun!

Lynda June 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Wonderful advice, Shelly! I always feel so sorry for the dogs walking (or running) on hot pavement. Love the reminder about pet-safe sunscreen, too. And one more reminder, if you have to take a dog in your car while you run errands, don't leave your dog in the car even for a "few minutes". The most loving thing you can do for your pets in the summer heat is leave them at home in a cool place with lots of water and a comfy bed!
Stephen June 05, 2012 at 02:24 PM
PET Parents > Pls remember that our DOGs suffer from the Same Pollen, Dust Mite & Mold ALLERGIES that We Do. While us Humans manifest our allergies via Respiratory, our Pooches show them via Paw Chewing, Itching, Licking, Skin & Ear Issues. Pls rememebr that ALLERGY is a Progressive / Cumulative Allergy SnowBall Rolling Down Life's Hill Gaining Speed & Mass ...Until your begin Sublingual Doggy GOO > Which builds Tolerance to 10 Pollens, 2 Mites & 3 Molds via a Peanut Butter Tasty Treat. Be Happy this Summer without Allergies for your Dog.
Shelly Maslak June 06, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Great points Lynda and Stephen!! Thanks for the reminders for both!!

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