Things are heating up for the summer! That means beach days, more daylight, and more reasons to go outside. While soaking up the sun can be great for you and your pet, you should exercise caution during the summer months. Depending on where you live, the heat can be uncomfortable or even dangerous for your dog. Here are some tips to help you keep your dog safe while still enjoying the summer!
Know Your Breed
Some dog breeds are more susceptible to heat exhaustion than others. For example, huskies are built for colder climates and will have a harder time in the heat than some other breeds. You should talk to your vet about what kind of heat tolerance your dog has, and consider cutting their fur shorter for the summer to help keep them cool. It is also a good idea to consult with a vet whenever you move to a place with a new climate to learn about how your dog may be affected by the weather.
Check the Concrete
We can throw on a pair of flip flops when we go outside to protect our bare feet from the concrete, but our dogs can’t! Remember to test the surface you expect your dog to walk on, especially if it is concrete or blacktop. Dogs’ paws can get burned just like we can. If possible, try to have grass or another cooler surface available for your dog to play on during the hot summer months.
Check the Clock
During the summer, it is typically hottest between 10am and 5pm. To limit the risk of heat exhaustion, try to get your dog their exercise either early in the day or after the hottest part of the day is over in order to beat the heat. This will also make outdoor time much more enjoyable for you!
Don’t Leave Them in the Car
Depending on where you live, there may be times of the year when it is perfectly ok to leave your dog in the car while you run errands. However, in the summertime, it is almost never advisable to leave your furry friend in the car while you grocery shop. Parked cars can heat up quickly and have dire consequences for your pet. Extended heatstroke can result in vital organ damage or even death, so get your pet to an emergency vet as soon as you start noticing the signs of heatstroke.
We hope these tips help you and your pet have a great and safe summer! Don’t forget to stay hydrated and pay attention to warning signs of heat exhaustion for humans and pets, especially if you decide to go on a walk or hike outdoors. If you have any questions about taking care of your dog in the summertime, call our veterinary neurology office today!