Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy in the Summertime

                                  Keeping Your Dog Happy and Healthy in the Summertime



                                                          

Summer has come and you’re feeling the heat. It’s June and the hundred-degree weather tells us we’re in for a long, hot Summer! We cool off by splashing around at the beach, enjoying a day at the lake or taking a cool dip in our larger-than-life swimming pool. 

Not only are you feeling the heat, but your dog is too! While getting out of the house and enjoying the warm weather is a great way to bond with your pet, it's essential to understand how to care for your dog as the temperatures rise.

Dogs are particularly susceptible to overheating so we're providing some tips to keep them happy and healthy this Summer! 

Save outdoor time with your pet for early morning or late evening. 

Your dog loves to be play outside with you but the heat makes it harder for them to breath, leading to overheating and exhaustion. Reserving outdoor time for the morning and evening avoids the hottest part of the day and allows for easier breathing and a cool ground for sensitive paws.

Keep the water bowls full at all times.

This is especially important during the warmer months. Depending on the breed, your dog may be more susceptible to dehydration. Panting is a sign that your dog's body is working hard to cool itself down - help speed up the process by providing cool water throughout the day. If you’re heading out, keep cool water on hand to keep your dog hydrated outdoors.

Groom your dog regularly.

Protect your dog from heat-related skin problems by keeping their coat tangle-free. Doing so allows for better circulation and prevents matting.  Be vigilant in examining your pup regularly for fleas and ticks as the warm weather tends to increase the chances of infection. Also, don't forget to check your dog's ears after a day at the lake - dogs can get 'swimmers ear' too!

On particularly hot days, keep your dog indoors.

Your dog doesn't have to be outside in the heat to enjoy time with you! In fact, pups prefer the cool indoors during hot weather. Aside from a brisk 5-minute walk, allow your dog to relax around the house with you and save extended outdoor time for the cooler parts of the day. 

Summer affords us a few months of warm weather to enjoy the outdoors. Keep in mind that your dog isn’t able to keep themselves cool without your help. Follow these tips and you’ll have a happy, healthy dog all Summer long!

-Kathy
Besty Dog Collars

 

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