The long wait for summer is finally over. Now it’s time for the blissful days of soaking up the sun and enjoying the great outdoors with your dog. While summer presents the perfect opportunity to get your dog out of the house and into a more active and healthy routine, there are some factors that need to be taken into consideration during these hot, summer days.At ZenCrate, we want you and your dog to have the best summer experience possible. So here are a few helpful tips to take note of in order to keep your dog cool and happy this summer:
Keep Your Pups Paws Cool
Dogs absorb and release heat through their paws, so make sure to keep your dog’s paws off hot surfaces such as metal or asphalt. Not only are they in danger of burning their paws, because they absorb all that heat, but being in contact with hot surfaces can increase body temperature that may lead to overheating. Make sure to rinse your dog’s paws off with cool water if you’re outside for long periods of time.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
We know this goes without saying, but during the summer, dogs need to consume more water than usual. If you are going on a walk or aren’t in an area where water is available, make sure to carry a water bottle so you can give your pup some sips to stay hydrated. Protect the CoatWith the summer comes the bugs. Make sure to protect your dog’s coat from critters such as fleas, ticks and heart-worm. If your dogs has a longer coat, make sure to give them a little shave.
Clean up your Dog’s Diet
Overweight dogs are more likely to overheat during the summer months because of the excess fat on their bodies. By cleaning up their diet and allowing more time for exercise, your dog will be happier and healthier this summer.
Take a Dip!
Now is the perfect time of year to take your dog to the pool, beach or river and go for a little summer swim. Plus, you will get to spend more time playing and relaxing with your favorite friend.
Get Dog Sunscreen
Yes, dogs can get a sunburn too! Talk to your veterinarian to see what sunscreen is right for your pup.
Let them Dig!
Even though they may get a little dirty, dogs do this to cool off. It’s their natural instinct, so let them go for it! They will appreciate the refreshing bath after.
Take Walks During Cool Hours
Taking a walk in the evening hours when the sun is going down is a lot more practical for both you and your dogs. The sun won’t be directly on you both and you’ll get to walk under the beautiful patterns of orange, pink and blue skies.
Have more helpful summer tips to share? We would love to know how you're keeping your dog cool this summer.