Do you have a dog that spends most of its time outdoors in the summer? If so, following these summer pet care tips for your dog will ensure your furry friend stays healthy, happy, and safe during the warmest months of the year.
1. Make Sure Your Dog Has Access to Water
Your dog must stay hydrated all year round. It's even more important, however, in the summer. When your dog is outside in the heat their water needs increase. This is especially true when your dog is exerting a lot of energy. To make sure your dog gets enough water, you should always ensure your dog has access to fresh, clean water. Like humans, dogs like their water cool when it's hot out.
One way to keep your dog's water cool is to freeze a mini water bottle and place it inside your dog's water bowl. The frozen water bottle acts as an ice cube for your dog's water. You'll also want to avoid stainless steel water bowls, as bowls made from clay or ceramic will keep your dog's water cooler. If you notice any signs of dehydration, it means your dog is not getting enough water. Some of these signs include a dry tongue, thick saliva, and lethargy. Very dehydrated dogs may need to see a veterinarian.
2. Give Your Dog a Cool Place to Rest
When your dog gets tired or too hot, they will want to find a nice, cool place to rest. Here are some ways to do that:
- Build a doghouse
- Install a doggy door to your garage, shed, or barn
- Make sure their play area contains trees that provide shade
- Buy a dog bed with a canopy
Besides making them feel more comfortable, providing shade for your dog minimizes the risk of heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, increased heart rate, and bright red gums. If you suspect your dog is experiencing heatstroke, contact your veterinarian right away.
3. Never Leave Your Dog In the Car
One of the most dangerous places for your dog during the summer is inside a vehicle. Even if you crack a window, this does not decrease the temperature inside a vehicle when it's hot outside.
Despite the fact you like to take your dog with you in the vehicle, it's best to leave your canine friend at home in the summer. This is especially true of dogs with thick, heavy coats, such as Siberian huskies, or dogs with short heads, like the pug.