Warm Weather Care Tips

Summer is almost here, which means it is time for road trips, camping, vacations, staycations, and a lot of time outside. If you plan on bringing your furry bestie with you, then there are some things to keep in mind to make sure that everyone has a fun, safe time. 

1. Never Leave Your Dog In the Car

A sunny 70 degree day can quickly lead to 100+ degree temps inside of a car. Even a cracked window isn't enough to keep your pup safe for more than a few minutes. On these days, unless your dog can go inside with you, it's best to leave them at home.

2. Vaccinations and Flea/Tick Meds

Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy nature. It's also a popular time for fleas, ticks and other critters to be out and about in nature. Whether you like hiking, camping or sun bathing in your backyard, keep your furry pal safe by marking sure their vaccinations are up to date and that they are on a flea/tick/heartworm medicine. 

3. Protect their Paws

As the temperatures heat up so does the pavement. It may be best to walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day in the morning or evening, because just like us their pads are sensitive to the hot ground. Also keep this in mind if taking a trip to the beach. It's not just your toes that the hot sand is burning. 

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Making sure your dog has access to cool, fresh water during warm weather is so important. Like people, dogs can get dehydrated in hot weather so if you are going to be outside for extended times, be on the lookout for the following signs of dehydration: excessive panting, low energy, loss of appetite, thick saliva, vomiting, and diahrrea. If you spot any of these symptoms get your dog some cool water right away and contact your vet.

5. Shade Break

It can be so relaxing to sit in the cool shade on a hot day. For your dog, having access to shade on a hot day can be the difference between being comfortable and getting heat stroke. If you dog hangs out in the backyard all day, make sure they have access to shade. Be sure to keep in mind the movement of the sun and how the shade moves throughout the day. If you are out at the park or the beach make sure to take occasional shade breaks.

No matter what plans you and your dog have for the summer, with a few precautions fun can be had by all. Now who's up for a day at the lake with some frisbee fetch?!


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