Summer is coming soon and the month of May has already seen temperatures in the 80’s!  Dogs cannot tolerate the heat the same way humans do.  Read on for some essential information on keeping your dog safe in the summer heat.

Did you know dogs need sunscreen too?  Any part of a dog’s skin that is exposed is at risk for the sun’s harmful rays.  Be sure to apply a pet friendly sunscreen to your dog’s nose and any other area that is not covered by fur.  Light haired animals may need sunscreen all over.  Dogs that like to bask in the sun with their belly exposed need protection there too!

You may have heard this tip over and over, but it always bears repeating:  NEVER EVER leave your dog in the car.  The temperature in your car can rise to dangerous levels in just minutes.  Leave your dog home, if you can’t take a pet with you when you leave the car.

HYDRATE – HYDRATE – HYDRATE!  Your dog will need more water in the hot summer months.  It is advisable to carry a folding dog bowl (if you were a client at the end of the year you received a folding bowl in a holiday basket – if you came on as a client after that, please ask Michelle for a bowl!) when you take your dog out for a walk or hike…

…And when you do take your dog out for a walk or a hike – try to do it in the early or later parts of the day when the heat is not quite as stifling.  Remember also that the heated pavement can burn your dog’s sensitive paws.  Be sure to walk your dog in an area where grass is available for him/her when walking.

Overheating can come on quickly for a dog.  It is best to prevent it from happening at all.  If you do see signs of overheating, cover your dog in a cool wet towel and take him/her to the veterinarian immediately.   Signs of overheating include: unusually rapid breathing, fainting, vomiting and tremors.

Tails on Trails Blog is for informational purposes only.  Tails on Trails is not a veterinarian and does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and the content of this site is not intended to be a substitute therefor.  If you are in need of medical assistance please consult a veterinarian.

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