The sun is out and it’s time to play. However, it’s so important to keep your fur baby as safe as possible during all your summertime adventures. Here are 5 ways you can keep your pet healthy and happy this summer.
1. Check That Pavement:
With an increase in temperatures, the pavement can get quite hot and burn your dog’s paws. Use the 5 second rule to determine if conditions are safe by placing your hand on the ground. If you can hold it there for longer than 5 seconds, it is cool enough for your pup, if not, it is best to keep them inside.
2. Keep Your Pup Hydrated:
It’s so simple but so important to keep your pup hydrated. With any outdoor activity that you participate in, make sure your pup has access to fresh water. Don’t rely on lakes, streams or public water bowls as these can be sources of harmful bacteria. Bring your own bowls and keep a few gallons of water in your car at all times.
3. Warm up and Cool Down:
If you are going to take your pup on a summer hike or bike ride, make sure you take some time to warm up beforehand. Get them moving by playing with them or going for a quick walk. This will allow their body to get ready for the more vigorous activity they are about to participate in. Afterwards, allow them to cool down by giving them plenty of water and time to rest in the shade. You can also gently massage their muscles and stretch their legs to further help them recover.
4. Condition, Condition, Condition:
Like any athlete, you can’t go from couch potato to marathon runner in one day. You need to work up to various levels of activity and this is the same for your pup. Slowly work your way up on hikes, bike rides and runs. This will greatly reduce risk of injury, as well as, unnecessary wear and tear on their joints. The stronger their bodies are, the more protected they can be.
5. Prevent Doggy Sunburns:
Light coated and short-haired dogs are the most susceptible to sunburns although all dogs can get burned on their noses, ears, and bellies as these spots tend to have less hair. The best way to prevent this is to reduce sun exposure and to use doggy sunscreen. Yes, there is such a thing! One of our favorites is Hemp by Hownd. It is an all-natural balm with added sun protection. Just rub on vulnerable areas to keep the skin of your pup protected.