Pets are just as sensitive to the heat and sun as us. It is important to consider your dog’s comfort and safety at all times. Here are a few tips for protecting your dog in the sunny weather (I do hope they’ll be needed this summer!)
- Consider sunscreen lotion for light-skinned and light-furred dogs. Although hair can help give protection, areas around their mouth, the top of their snout and ears are certainly susceptible to sunburn.
- Having your furry friend trimmed may be a good idea, but make sure enough cover is left to protect skin from the sun’s harmful rays
- Don’t let your dog have his head out of the car window while you drive. It looks cool but it’s too easy for him to be struck by moving objects or catch a foreign body in the eye. Ouch!
- Provide your dog with fresh, clean water ALL of the time – regardless of the weather. (Actually it’s a legal requirement in England)
- Make sure your dog has plenty of shade to cool down and don’t keep him outside for extended periods in the hottest weather
- Familiarise yourself with the early warning signs of an overheated dog. They include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, drooling and weakness.
- Beware of insect bites! Your dog might have an allergic reaction to a sting or bite and will need to have the wound properly treated.
- Never leave your animal alone in a parked car, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Cars heat up quickly and can cause your pet to overheat, resulting in death.
- During extreme heat, avoid walking your pet at the hottest time of day and on concrete or asphalt. The hot ground can burn the animal’s sensitive paw pads.
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