If you’re looking forward to summer, you’re not alone. Your dog also enjoys summer fun, whether that involves frozen treats or a pool. Before summer arrives, check out how to keep your dog both happy and safe during this season.
Watch Out for Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
Be cautious about letting your dog outside for too long. Heat exhaustion is a concern when it’s hot out, with symptoms ranging from labored breathing and lots of panting to drooling, weakness and even vomiting. Some breeds with short snouts – such as boxers, bulldogs, and pugs – can have trouble breathing even in cooler weather, so be sure they’re not in the warm or humid weather for too long this summer.
Keep Your Dog Hydrated
Make sure your dog has access to fresh water at all times. For variability, you could set up a dog water fountain that he can press whenever he needs a drink. You might also consider freezing a bowl of water to set outside so he has a cold, refreshing treat to lick.
Make Frozen Treats for Your Dog
Take the frozen water bowl idea one step further and make various types of frozen treats for your dog. For example, make popsicles for your dog using whole fruit and water. Frozen banana treats are another option. If your dog prefers savory foods, consider making cheeseburger pops in an ice cube tray.
Avoid Walks During the Hottest Part of the Day
Your dog is probably excited to take a walk no matter what the temperature is. But it’s up to you to make sure it’s safe. Walking your dog on hot surfaces – such as asphalt that’s been sitting in the sun all day – can cause burns on your dog’s feet. If you can’t safely hold your hand or foot against the pavement for at least five seconds, your dog won’t like it either. Consider either investing in doggie shoes or walking during a cooler part of the day instead.
Let Your Pet Make a Splash
Just because the weather is hot doesn’t mean your dog needs to stay inside all day. Take him outside to play in the water. If you don’t have a lake or dog beach nearby, you can make some water fun happen in your own backyard. Get a small baby pool, throw some frozen treats or toys in it, and let your dog splash around and try to find them. You can also let him run through the sprinklers or under the hose for some simple, refreshing summer fun.
And if you have to have some fun without your dog this summer, leave him in the care of Whole Pooch. We have boarding options with daily activities and even provide training while you enjoy your summer break!