The only thing that can make going out in the sun even better is if you can do it with your fur best friend. Dogs love to go out no matter what the weather, but when it’s hot and sunny, your puppy needs extra care. Remember, if it’s hot for you, think about what it can do to your fur -covered dog. If you and your puppy are planning for a full summer, here are six safety tips for a happy dog at all times.
1. Provide plenty of water
When hot weather comes, keep your dog hydrated at all times with a bowl of fresh water indoors and outdoors. Dogs need extra water not only for cooling, but also to help digest and lubricate joints, just like humans. A good rule to follow is to give your dog an ounce of water per pound of weight. Other ways to keep your dog hydrated are to play under the sprinkler and serve snacks like doggie ice cream, ice cubes, and seedless watermelon.
2. Practice pool safety
If you’re lucky enough to have a swimming pool, your dog will probably love it! Pools are a fun way for Fido to stay cool, but practice water safety! First, make sure your dog can’t access the pool when you’re not there. If your pool is installed on reliable pool builders, ask about putting up a fence. Always accompany your dog to the pool so he can easily get in-out and not drink water. For dogs that don’t swim well, get a dog life jacket so they can also enjoy the water.
3. Keep the Pooch Comfortable to Ride the Car
Responsible dog owners know that leaving a pet in a hot car can be a death penalty. If you take your dog for a walk when the mercury rises, keep him comfortable. Make sure air conditioning is on or the windows are partially closed so your dog can cool down as well. Basically, you need to take your dog to the car if he can get out when you arrive at your destination. If not, it’s a good idea to leave your home with air conditioning.
4. Check the dog for ticks
Hot weather means the appearance of scary animals and that can be bad news for your dog. If you live in the countryside or are hiking with your dog, check him daily for ticks. Insert your finger into your dog’s coat and its claws while looking for lumps. Also be sure to check the underside of his collar and his ears. If you see a detective, remove it with tweezers pulling as close to the skin as possible.
5. Plant a pet-friendly garden
If you love gardening, be sure to use pet -friendly plants. Dogs are curious and are likely to get into anything if you’re not looking. Common garden flowers that are poisonous to dogs include lily of the valley, azaleas, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, and rhododendron. Check that your plants and flowers are safe before buying them. Keep in mind that garden chemicals such as fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and mulch of crushed cocoa bean shells dangerous ones.
6. Pay attention to the puppy’s claws
If you walk barefoot in your path, you know how to burn it so imagine what it can do to your puppy’s feet! To protect those precious feet, avoid walking your dog on the sidewalk during the hottest hours of the day. Opt for grassy areas or use special dog shoes if your pet allows it. The pavement will help harden the dog’s feet, but wait until they are cool. If you travel, also watch out for pieces of glass, nails, and other debris.
Your dog loves summer as much as you do, so protect him! By providing plenty of water and practicing pool and car safety, you and your dog can have the best summer of your life.