10 Summer Safety Tips For Dogs – Pooch Approved!

When it's summertime, you and your dog can have a lot of sun and outdoor activities. However, the higher the temperature is in this period the more it may pose serious hazards to your pets, especially your pup since it tends to go outside more than your other pets.

Armed with the right safety precautions (swimming) you can help your dog to all the fun that comes with summer while simultaneously protecting your canine from summer hazards.

In this article are ten summer safety tips that will allow your pupster to have fun during the summer without running into heat exhaustion.

Here's Ten Summer Safety Tips To Get You Started For Fun

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1. Use Sunscreen For Your Dog

Even if it is only a few minutes every day that your dog spends in the summer sun, you should still apply sunscreen on your pooch. This is even more crucial if your dog has thin or short hair as it can be prone to burn easily, or even worse skin cancer...

The sunscreen should be similar to those made for humans (it should have UVA and UVB barriers and should be free from fragrance and stain).

Petkin Doggy Sunwipes is a great sunscreen, specially made for your dog. However, if your pup accidentally soaked up more rays than recommended, Healing Balm for Paws and Snout should be applied. You can also ask your veterinarian for more recommendations.

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2. Provide a Lot of Shade & Water

If your dog is the type that plays outside for extended periods of time during the hot summer months, your pupster could easily become dehydrated.

Signs that your dog may be dehydrated include:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Dry gums

To prevent this from happening, let your pet take a lot of breaks during outdoor activities under a shadow and provide her with lots of freshwaters. Tarps and trees are the best shade for you and your canine because they don't obstruct airflow.

Vehicle Temperature Chart For Pet Safety

3. Don't Leave Your Dog In The Car Alone

Leaving your dog in the car, even for a few minutes may cause your canine to choke or lead to heatstroke.

On a summer day, your car gets very hot inside. In fact, the temperature may rise to dangerous levels which might kill your dog or lead to irreversible organ damage. Don’t be tempted to leave it in the car because your air conditioner is blowing.

If you are going out, either take your dog with you or leave her at home.

4. Look Out For Poisinous Grassy Areas

If your dog likes to investigate and play around grassy areas, you need to pay attention. During summer periods, lawns are treated with chemicals and pesticides, which may be harmful to your dog.

When you are playing or walking with your dog outside, don’t let your her wander into grassy areas you are unfamiliar with. Having a survival and disaster kit with you when venturing into unfamiliar territory with your canine is not a bad idea.

5. Pay Attention to Humidity 

According to Dr D VMD of Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, you should not only concentrate on temperature levels but also humidity as it is equally important when monitoring your dog's safety.

Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their bodies. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly.

Check your dog's temperature regularly, especially during hot summer days and don’t allow it get over 100 degrees. Anything above that may lead to heatstroke.

Couple with dog out for an evening walk

6. Exercise Should Be Minimal During Hot Days

Be careful when exercising your dog during hot summer days. Let the temperature determine the duration and intensity of exercises. To be safer, limit your dog’s exercise to mornings and evenings and always carry enough water with you when going out. Another great way to cool of your pooch during exercise would be to opt for a dog cooling vest.

Protect your pet from overheating after exercise by using self-cooling pet pads, let your pooch cool down by having a rest on these self-cooling pads. Use them indoors as well as outdoors to keep your dog cool at all times. You can also go for a swim or just give your dog a cool bath.

Yellow dog house on grey background

7. Don't Depend On Dog Houses

Although a doghouse can prove a good investment during winter, it may not be very effective during summer. It does not provide any protection for your dog when the temperature is high on summer days. In fact, it might make the temperature worse for your dog.

8. Be On The Lookout For Heatstroke

Some breeds of dogs, such as boxers and pugs, may have a harder time breathing in extreme heat.

If your dog falls in this category, you should be more attentive to it during summer days. Also, if your dog is very young, old, or overweight, it may have a higher risk of overheating.

Some signs that indicate your dog has heatstroke are excessive thirst, heavy panting, vomiting, seizure, lethargy and unconsciousness.

9. Avoid Asphalt and Other Hot Metals

Asphalt can burn your pet's paws. It can also lead to overheating or a higher temperature in your dog.

Try to steer your dog away from any hot metal and don’t drive your dog in a metal vehicle because it can raise the temperature to dangerous levels.

Gasoline home generator

10. Consider Getting Disaster Plan In Order

You should think about having a disaster plan in place for power outages. If your household is struck by a power outage, your dog (and you) may suffer from heat-stroke or overheating. It is a good idea to keep a generator for home use and first aid kit on hand, such as the Canine Friendly Pet First Aid Kit or the Trek Safe Pet Travel Kit.

Final Thoughts On Summer Safety Tips

Summertime is a period when you need to pay more attention to your besty. They are very delicate during this time of year.

Showing your pet some love during hot weather will go a long way to keep your dog safe this summer.

Remember that not all the tips here will be applicable to you, it all depends on the weather in your area and the type of dog you have.

I am confident that this article contains all the summer safety tips that you need to keep your dog in good shape during the hot summer months.

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