Keep your dog cool during summer: how-to guide
It is summer and we love it! We can spend a lot of time outdoors...
8 January 2018
It is summer and we love it! We can spend a lot of time outdoors with our four-legged friend while enjoying the warmth of the sun. But, with summertime comes hidden dangers and an increase in accidents and injuries. By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure you keep your dog safe over the summer.
Plenty of water
Just like humans, most of a dog’s body is made up of water. Without enough water, they will suffer and get sick – especially when it’s warm.
A dog can manage a long time without food, but without water he’s not going to survive.
To avoid dehydration, always bring fresh water when you go outside and offer it to your pup at least every thirty minutes.
The amount of water always depends on the
- activity level
- the weather
but as a general rule, an average dog needs to drink between 55 to 110 ml. per kg per day.
Don’t forget to add a bit more when it’s really hot!
Yes, dogs can get sunburned
Many people don’t know, but our furry friends are just as susceptible to painful burns and potential skin cancer as we are. Some dogs are more susceptible to getting burned by the sun, while others have natural protection.
White or light-colored pets tend to have fair skin underneath the fur and a greater potential for sun damage (just like people with blonde hair). Hairless breeds, or breeds with thin hair, are also at risk for sunburn. All dogs, regardless of hair thickness, have risk areas such as the nose, face, and ears. The belly is also quite a sunburn target as it is covered with thin and blonde hair.
The best way to keep your dog from getting sunburned is simply to provide shade. All you need is a big umbrella at the beach, a tree at a park or a roof for your terrace.
Fleas & ticks
It’s a fact that fleas and ticks are attracted to your dog. Your pet provides a warm and furry environment for the fleas to have fun in. In the summer, when we all spend more time outside, parasites tend to come out, hungry and looking for a cozy home. And your dog is the perfect spot!
Always be aware of symptoms like:
- ears and belly scratching
- loss of appetite
- passing diarrhea
and bring your furry friend directly to the vet if these symptoms should occur.
Dog life jacket
If you have a pool or go swimming at the beach, a life jacket is a good and important investment.
Even though dogs are good swimmers, they can drown just as easily as humans.
Especially smaller breeds, older dogs and puppies might not have the strength to get out of the water once they’ve fallen in.
Anything can happen in water and it pays to be prepared. Life jackets for dogs are available in many different sizes so make sure you get one fitting exactly for your pet.
Especially if you want to bring your pup on holiday – camping or hiking in an unknown area – you should consider investing in a pet tracking device. Some pets are rather adventure-seeking and you never know if your pup suddenly escapes to explore the area.
Keep your dog cool during summer: Be aware of the heat
The infographic below shows you the most important thing you should know about dogs and heat – because it can be life-threatening!
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