Worst part about summer? The sun!
We as humans know what a pain the sun can be with the heat and sunscreen and sweat and the constant need for water, but have you thought about how it affects your fur child? Last month we taught you a few handy tricks for cooling down your pup and we’re continuing the summer safety this month. Here are three summer sun hazards you should remember.
Did you know, that just like you, your dog can get sunburns as well? Dog’s with light fur or little-to-no fur are more susceptible than others but that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones that can get it. You would not believe how shocked I was that my border collie can in from a day out with a sunburn on his boop (nose)! You can prevent sunburn by putting on a dog onesie made for the summer heat (yes they actually have those) or t-shirt while your pup is outside or talk to your vet about canine sunscreen or which sunscreen is safe for you to use on your pup. And try to avoid prolonged time in the sun. Yes, we give you permission to go inside to Netflix and cuddle with your pup!
2. Hot Pavement
Pavement can get extremely hot in the summer sun and we may not realize how it hurts our pup’s feet! Rule of thumb is if you cannot keep your own hand or foot on the ground for too long, it is too hot for your pup. Keep the walks short and try to do your walk on the grass. Head to the park to absorb some good old vitamin D but be sure to bring water. Another way to protect your pup from hot pavement is walk them when you know it’s cooler outside and avoid the noon sun when there’s not shade. If these aren’t options where you live it may be time to invest in all-terrain dog shoes.
Heat stroke for dogs can occur just like it can for humans, the main ways being leaving your pup in a car (NEVER a good idea) or being outside for too long without proper shade, water, or cool-down time. Signs of heat stroke include rapid panting, excessive drooling, vomiting, and/or passing out. If you notice your dog showing any of the symptoms, give them a small amount of water or pour cool water on them to cool them down, and bring them to the vet immediately. Be sure to pack an extra water bottle for your pup and try walking down West Queen West where most of the stores are air conditioned and pup friendly! It’ll give you both a break from the summer heat and the opportunity to see what local businesses have to offer.