When summer arrives, just as there are BBQs, beaches and vacations to enjoy, there are health issues as well. This is true not only for humans, but pets as well. In the summer, dogs can also get sick, and they must remain safe from the heat as well. Here are some effective tips that can help you to protect your dog from hot weather.
Stay well hydrated
Whether your dog is outdoors or indoors, you must always ensure that it gets lots of water. Dogs get hot much faster than humans.
Thus, you have to ensure that it is always able to get access to clean, fresh water. Never depend on rest stops or parks for the hydration of your pet. Take a water bowl along while leaving the home.
Reduce outdoor exposure
Your pet can get dehydrated upon overexposure to heat and sun. While going out for a long day under the blazing sun, you need to take frequent trips indoors or leave your dog at home on a hot day, to ensure that it stays cool. While going out, ensure that it gets lots of shelter from the harsh rays of the sun.
Do not walk on hot pavements
It is a good idea to avoid walking on hot surfaces, such as asphalt or cement, with your dog. Otherwise, its feet can end up being burnt. However, you might consider getting booties in case you have no choice but to walk on all those areas.
Work out with caution
You need to get some exercise for your dog every day, but when it is the peak of summer, you have to ensure that it is done in a proper way. Try to do the workout either very early in the morning or during the later hours of the night, when the air is cool and nice outdoors. It is also a good idea to change the workouts as much as you can. While fetch can be fun, vigorous running in the heat can only cause sickness for your pet. Instead, go for a swim.
Check any sign of sickness
Whether you are indoors and outdoors, make sure that your dog is healthy and not showing any sign of sickness, such as lethargy, vomiting or excessive panting. In case it shows any such symptoms or odd behavior, immediately move it indoors and contact your vet.
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