Every year, thousands of dogs die from heat exhaustion and being left in hot cars. It's a tragedy that is caused by ignorance or negligence. The good news is that you can help your dog stay safe this summer with these 6 tips!
Protect Your Dog From The Sun
The first step to ensuring your dog's health in summer is to limit the amount of time you expose him or her to direct sunlight. During the day, the sun can provide a great deal of unnecessary heat for your dog if he or she remains out in the hot sun too long. It is important to protect your dog from the sun's harmful rays, because prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer and other degenerative diseases later on in life. Limiting your dog's exposure to direct sunlight can greatly help in this regard.
In addition to limiting your dog's exposure to the sun, you should also limit your dog's time out in the sun. During the day, dog owners should take special care to allow their dogs plenty of time to spend outside in the shade. Even if your dog stays out in the shade for hours, you should give them time to catch up on some much needed Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining good vision for dog owners, and a lack of Vitamin D can result in a dog's eyesight beginning to degrade early in life. Limit your dog's outdoor time to only a few short hours at a time, because the sun's powerful UV rays can quickly lead to burning of the dog's skin or even serious eye damage. The same is true if your dog spends any time outdoors during the evening hours.
Keep Your Dog Hydrated
Water is another essential tool in your dog's arsenal when it comes to preventing heat exhaustion. You should always keep fresh water with you, so that your dog can drink as often as you would like. However, you should always keep the water in a cool, shady place such as a cooler or a plastic container inside your car. A cooler will keep the temperature constant, while a plastic container will keep the contents cool. Keep a couple of these handy, since you never know when you may need to replenish your dog's water supply in hot weather.
Limit Pool Time
If you have a dog that has been swimming for some time, you may already realize that overheating can occur when your dog takes a dip in the pool. During hot weather, you should limit your dog's exposure to pools. The chlorine in the water can be too much for your dog to tolerate, especially if you have a dog that already suffers from other health problems. There are many ways to cool down your dog without risking your dog's health.
Take Care Of The Paws
Summertime is a bad time for your dog's paws because they get burned from the pavement. You should take precautions such as spending some money on paw pads, limiting when and where you walk them, or checking whether asphalt is scorching hot before taking out your four-legged family member.
Don't Leave Your Dog In The Car
Every summer, we hear about the tragic cases in which a dog has been left in a hot car and dies. The owners of these dogs are often people with busy schedules who forget that their pup is still in the back seat when they leave for work or errands.
Many people don't realize that no matter what the weather is outside, it's dangerous to leave your pet alone inside a vehicle. Even if you're just running into the store for five minutes, leaving them inside can be deadly. Dogs pant to cool themselves off and sweat from their paws so being stuck inside without any airflow will make them overheat quickly; on average, within 10-15 minutes depending on how severe the weather is outside.
Watch out For Signs Of A Heatstroke
If your dog is panting heavily, drooling excessively, and has a bright red tongue or gums then it's time to cool them down. Heatstroke can be fatal for dogs so if you see these signs, stop what you're doing and give your pup some water. In the event that your dog's temperature continues to increase even after lots of water consumption, it is important not to over exert him in the heat. We recommend taking him to the vet immediately in this scenario.
So, as you can see there are a number of ways that you can protect your furry family member this summer. Still not sure what to do? We recommend using POG, a doggy grass toilet in the home! It's environmentally-friendly and has many benefits for pets AND humans alike. It provides a safe space for your dog to go pee or poop without have to go out in heat. If you want more information about how it works don't hesitate to contact our team today!