During these hot months, it is important to know that dog is at risk for things like heat stroke and paw pad burns. We are going to talk about some tips to keep your fur-friend cool and safe this summer.
Testing the pavement – The pavement can get hot through the day. Before going out for a walk, place your bare hand on the pavement to see how hot it is. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walking on hot pavement can cause blisters and sores on the paw pads.
Bring lots of water – When going on any walk, please remember to bring water for your pup. It is important to stay hydrated for both you and your dog. You can even bring a spray bottle that you can use to mist your dog’s fur to cool them down.
If it is too hot stay inside – If the temperature is muggy and hot, please consider leaving your pet indoors where it is cool if it is too hot for you it’s too hot for them.
Do NOT leave your pet in a car – If you are travelling somewhere with your dog, make sure you are not leaving your dog in a hot unattended car. If you have to bring your dog with you somewhere try and make sure you have another person with you who can watch the dog while you run into the store. If you can’t bring them into the store and have no one to come with you, please leave your dog at home.
Short Walks – Please try and keep your trips short this summer. It is expected to be hot, and the best way to keep your pet cool is to leave them indoors. If you want to do a longer walk, consider an evening or morning walk as it is cooler.
If you have any questions about keeping your dog cool this summer, give us a call.
Written by: Sam Miller, ACA