We’re only a couple of weeks into summer and, if the recent weather has been any indication, we’re in for a hot few months.
Most of us would agree that being a dog owner is a huge responsibility; however we tend to forget that there are certain times of the year when our furry friends need us most. Summer is one of these times – with temperatures climbing into the forties, it’s not just humans who face dangers from the heat. Dogs too can fall victim to heatstroke or worse if proper precautions aren’t taken.
- Provide plenty of fresh water to ensure your dog stays hydrated. Put out multiple water bowls in case of spillage, and add ice cubes to keep the water cool for longer.
- Ensure your dog has access to cool, shady areas. This is especially important if you’re out at work all day – making sure there’s a spot under a tree, patio or verandah for your pup to rest can make all the difference. If you are running air conditioning, consider bringing your dog inside to share the cool.
- Freeze some treats within ice blocks. Not only do these help your dog keep cool, frozen goodies will help keep them occupied as well. Chicken necks and liver treats are great choices for puppy popsicles.
- Do not exercise your dog during the heat of the day. Take them out early in the morning or in the late afternoon or evening. Remember, if the road is too hot for you to touch then it is too hot for your dog’s paws.
- Never leave your dog in the car even for a short time on a hot day. The temperature escalates inside a parked car extremely quickly, even with the windows down. Think of a parked car like an oven – it won’t take long for your dog to suffer from heat stroke or other complications that could ultimately result in death.
Summer isn’t all bad; it’s a great time to take your best friend to the local dog-friendly watering hole, whether that’s a dam, the beach or your neighbour’s pool.
If your dog doesn’t like to swim, your summer memories could consist of peaceful walks as the sun comes up, or a picnic in the park as it begins to go down. Whatever you and your dog are into, remember to play it safe and follow our 5 simple tips to beat the heat!