FRI, 22 MAY 2015 BY LINDA ROSADO
Blue skies, longer days, and lots of sunshine—summer is inching its way over. Are you and your pup ready for the heat?
With the temperatures rising, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re looking out for your dog’s safety and keeping them healthy and happy. Here are a few tips from our DOGIPOT team to help you beat the heat and enjoy a picture perfect summer with your canine companion.
Heatstroke is a major concern for pet parents during the summer months. Prolonged exposure to excessive heat can be fatal for dogs, so look out for heavy panting, rapid breathing, excessive drooling, bright red gums or tongues and or loss of balance in your dog. These are some early signs that your pup is not feeling great, and you should immediately try to cool him or her down by applying ice packs, hosing them down or allowing them to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water. If you notice your pup become lethargic, have labored, noisy breathing or going into shock, take them to the veterinarian immediately as these are signs of advanced heatstroke.
The beach is one of the most popular places to frequent in the summer, but it can leave your pup drained. Just because your pup has a coat doesn’t mean he or she can’t get a sunburn! Dogs with short hair, white fur and pink skin can get burned in the sunshine. Be sure you apply sunblock to your dog’s ears and nose before going in the sun, and that your pup has a cool, shady spot to rest and plenty of fresh water while you’re relaxing on the sand. Also be on the look out for jellyfish and don’t let your pups drink seawater, as the salt will make them sick.
Many families choose the summer to take vacations. From day trips to cross-country adventures or even jumping the pond to explore a different side of the world, traveling can be an exciting way to spend summer vacations. But what about your pup? If you’re traveling without your dog, make sure you’ve made all the necessary arrangements for its care prior to your trip. This includes kennel boarding or a family or friend to take it in while you’re gone, as well as any funds needed for emergency medical visits, food, etc. Leaving your dog unattended in your home, even if you have a friend or neighbor stop by to feed it, is not recommended.
If your pup is joining you on your trip, there are just as many preparations to complete! Will you be flying? Many airlines will not allow animals to travel as cargo during summer months due to the dangers of heatstroke, and others will only allow dogs to fly during the early morning or evening, when it’s cooler. Be sure to check with your airline for specific rules. If you’re driving, be sure to bring plenty of cold water, food and even put a sunshade on your car windows to help your pup keep cool while on the road.