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Dogs and summer heat

After a long winter, a nice summer's warmth and sunshine revitalizes us all; But to ensure they enjoy the warm weather safely, many pets need special care.

sunburn

Any area of ​​skin where hair is thin is at risk of sunburn. Don't assume your pet will behave sensibly - when it's too hot, many won't even seek shade. The top of their nose may get sunburned and if the skin is cracked, there is an increased risk.

White-haired dogs, short-haired breeds, and dogs that have recently had their coat groomed are also prone to sunburn. It's best to keep them inside the house during the hours when the sun is hottest. To protect against the serious harmful effects of the sun, apply a high factor sun lotion that is safe for use on children to your dog's ears.

Sunstroke can happen to any dog ​​in hot weather; However, the most susceptible are very small or elderly dogs and short-nosed breeds. This condition can lead to extremely rapid breathing or even fainting and requires immediate veterinary care. To help combat sunstroke, ensure there is adequate shade in your garden and try not to give your pet too much exercise when it is hot outside.

Give water constantly

It goes without saying, but you should give your dog plenty of fresh drinking water at this time of year. Canned food can spoil very quickly and attract flies if left open in hot weather; Therefore, you may choose to feed dry dog ​​food instead.

Continue to closely monitor your pet's body weight. Some dogs will spend more time exercising outside and therefore need more food; However, if the weather is very hot, the amount of food he needs to eat will decrease due to inactivity.

Enjoy the summer season

On long summer days, your dog will always want to play outside! There are probably many ways to enjoy this season.

  • Swimming: Most dogs love water, and a kiddie pool is a great way to beat the heat. Lakes and the sea are perfect places for your dog to play fetch and swim. You just need to make sure your dog can get out of the water easily and that there are no steep slopes. Some dogs are afraid of water or only want to play in shallow water; so don't push him if he seems uncertain or insecure. However, if he immediately jumps into the water, he begins to perfect doggy swimming; let him enjoy the experience. Just remember to watch out for excessive head shaking and ear scratching after immersion. This could be a sign of an ear infection. If he swims in a pool with chlorinated water, his feathers become covered in chlorine and dry out completely.
  • Walk: If your dog is fond of walking, take him for a walk. Just be careful that long walks on rough roads can tire your dog's legs. Try to take short walks in the beginning and gradually increase your walking distance. Remember to stop to rest and water frequently. There are many foldable small dog water bowls available for your dog to drink water from.

Your dog should be safe whether he spends a lot of time outside or just occasionally gets the chance to explore the great outdoors; Here are some tips to ensure this:

  • Give him plenty of fresh water and make sure he naps in a shady, cool place.
  • Check their paws frequently , as tar and tiny pebbles may be stuck between the pads.
  • Don't spray insecticide on the lawn if your dog is exercising on it.
  • Make sure your dog carries a tag and collar with your name and address in case it gets lost.
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