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5 Tips For Helping Your Dog Beat The Heat This Summer

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
11 months ago

As the dog days of summer roll around, your pooch may be spending more time outdoors. Of the 46.3 million U.S. households that have dogs, many choose to keep their dogs outdoors at least part of the time. However, as the season turns hot, dog owners should take better care of their furry friends. If you are a concerned owner, follow these tips for protecting your outside dogs in the summer months.

Family of four posing with their dog

Never leave your dog in the car. 
This is one of the most dangerous things you can do with your dog. Cars get extremely hot in the summer, even if the windows are cracked, which can be deadly for your pup. If you are going to a place where your dog can’t come with you, it’s best to leave them in your cool house.

Avoid over-exercising your dog. 
Especially for breeds with smaller nasal passages, exercising during the hottest parts of the day can be dangerous. Choose to walk your dog in the morning and evening to avoid this. If your dog is outside and starts panting, vomiting, having difficulty standing, and has red gums, be sure to take them to a vet immediately. These are symptoms of heat exhaustion.

Watch them when they swim. 
If you are taking your dog on a boat or to a large body of water, consider putting a bright-colored vest on them. This will help you spot them even from far away. Also be sure that they are not swimming in algae-filled or contaminated water, as this can make them sick.

Apply flea and tick repellent. 
Just like ticks and other pests pose a risk to humans in the summer, they do the same for dogs. Ask your vet about a topical product that you can use, and be sure to make it part of your pet health routine.

Keep them safe from burns. 
Have your dog on a leash when you are having campfires to prevent major burns. To avoid more minor injuries, be sure to be careful when walking your dog on hot pavement. If your dog does burn themselves, take them to the vet or animal hospital immediately.

Protecting your outside dogs in the summer months is an important part of your pet health care practices. If you have any questions about how to keep your specific breed healthy, ask your veterinarian for advice. Your care will keep your dog happy and healthy during the hottest months of the year.

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