Summer is all about warmer temperatures and more time outdoors. While your dogs may spend the majority of their time outside, those warmer temperatures can put them at risk for heat stroke and dehydration. So, before you slather on the SPF for yourself and head out for a day at the pool, make sure you are also considering your dog’s comfort and health in this summer heat.
How to Ensure Dog Safety and Good Health in Summer
High temperatures do not mean that your dog has to be locked indoors with the air conditioner running continuously. You can still get outside, have fun and let your dog run around freely, regardless of outdoor temperatures. Make sure, however, that you consider the following:
- Keep the Workouts to Early Morning – Temperatures are not as scorching and the sun is not at full shine early in the morning, which makes this the ideal time to go for a jog or walk with your pooch.
- Put on Doggy Boots – They will take some time to get used to, but dog boots will help your dog regulate their temperature more efficiently. These are available at most pet stores. The boots help your dog to avoid absorbing the heat from the cement.
- Keep an Eye Out for Dehydration – Your dog needs to stay hydrated while outside, just like you. That means providing fresh, cool water each day and watching for the signs of dehydration – such as lethargy, a pale tongue or bloodshot eyes.
- Keep Your Dog Cool – You can spray your dog’s stomach and paws to help regulate their temperature and cool them down on hot days. Also, a wet towel on the floor to lie on will help your dog cool off much faster than putting it over your dog.
- Let Your Dog Dig and Roll in the Dirt – While it may not help with keeping them clean, your dog is digging and rolling in the dirt because it is cool and helps them regulate their temperature.
- Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car – Even if you are running indoors for a quick errand, realize that the temperature inside your vehicle can climb quickly, and all it takes is a few minutes to lead to severe, life-threatening heat stroke in your dog.
- Give Your Dog their Own Pool – If your dog does not mind water, give them their own pool full of water. That way they can take a dip when they need to cool off.
The team at Stella Ruffington’s Doggy Daycare can help keep your dog cool and active while you are at work or away on summer vacation. At our kennel-free boarding facility, we understand the dangers of high temperatures and ensure your dog gets the right amount of activity while staying hydrated and cool.
Contact our team online today to learn more about our daily daycare services as well as boarding or call us to schedule your dog’s stay at 206-932-RUFF.