Here in Australia summer is no joke and it can be a serious issue for your pet’s if you aren’t informed and prepared. The scorching temperatures can be challenging for our canine companions, but with a few simple tips, you can make this summer an enjoyable one for both you and your pup.
Embrace Early Morning or Evening Walks
One of the easiest ways to protect your pup from the summer heat is to adjust your walking schedule. Avoid the peak temperatures by taking your dog for early morning or evening walks when the weather is cooler. Not only will this reduce the risk of heat-related issues, but it will also make the walk more enjoyable for you and your dog.
Feel the Pavement Before You Go
Before embarking on your summer stroll, take a moment to feel the pavement with the back of your hand. If it's too hot for your hand, it's definitely too hot for your dog's sensitive paws. Hot pavement can cause burns and discomfort, leading to paw injuries. For this try our Paw Balm to keep your pet’s paw pads nice and hydrated. For your walks this summer opt for grassy areas or shaded paths, but honestly if the sand, pavement or any surface you are walking them on is that hot, it’s too hot for them to be out and about. Try indoor enrichment or play instead until the weather cools down.
Just like humans, dogs need to stay hydrated in the heat. Make sure to bring a portable water bowl and fresh water during your walks. If you're heading out for an extended period, consider freezing some water in a bottle – it will melt gradually, providing a refreshing drink for your pooch throughout the walk. Also ensure they have access to fresh water in all parts of the house they have access to.
Whether you're spending time in your backyard, planning a picnic in the park, or planning a beach day, ensure there's ample shade for your furry friend to cool off. Consider bringing a portable shade or setting up under a tree to protect your dog from direct sunlight. This will help prevent overheating and sunburn.
Watch for Signs of Overheating
Keep a close eye on your dog for signs of overheating, which can include excessive panting, lethargy, drooling, and vomiting. If you notice any of these symptoms, find a cool spot for your dog to rest, offer water, and, if necessary, contact your veterinarian.
Have The Right Tools
With the summer set to be a hot one, and so many vets being closed for extended periods over the Christmas holidays it’s so important to have the right things on hand so you can do as much as you can for your pup at home. We recommend our Prebiotic & Probiotic Supplement if the heat causes any digestive upset, our Hot Spot Gel for any redness, inflammation or Hot Spots that might appear in the heat, a cooling mat is another great idea especially for those of you who don’t have tiled floors or air conditioning that your pet has access to.
Summer can be a fantastic time to bond with your furry companion, but it's crucial to prioritise their well-being in the heat. By adjusting your routine, paying attention to the pavement temperature, and incorporating these simple tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable summer for your dog. Remember, a happy and healthy pup is the best summer companion!