It's summertime, and the livin' is easy! Sunshine, cool breezes, dips in the lake - every dog has their day, and we're certain it HAS to be a summer one.
However, it's not as easy for our canine counterparts to cool down as it is for us. They don't sweat the way humans do (they sweat a bit, but not much) and cool themselves down by panting; which is rendered useless if they only have hot air to breathe in.
Keep your pup cool as a cucumber with our tips this summer:
1. NEVER leave your dog in a hot car. In only a matter of minutes, a dog can suffer heat stroke and suffocate in a car. If you have to bring your dog out with you, bring a water dish and fresh water with you, and bring your dog with you when you get out of the car. Flat beds of trucks can be very dangerous, too - the metal gets very hot, and dogs can accidentally jump out or be involved in a collision far too easily.
2. Protect your dog from parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Living on lush, beautiful Vancouver Island, this is a must! Ask our team today for preventative care options.
3. Make sure they're not too hot to trot! If the pavement is hot to the touch for you, chances are it could burn their paws!
4. Shade and water. At all times - help them keep cool!
5. Supervise play in and out of water. Never assume your dog can swim or has water safety knowledge! Accidents happen.
6. Protect their skin. Did you know that dogs can get sunburns? Most people don't realize this, but it's true! Protect their skin by avoiding direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time, and offering plenty of shade and indoors time.
Fun idea - give your dog a kiddy pool! It's a safe way to help them cool down.
Do you have any summer safety tips for dogs? Let us know!