Freshpet's Hot Weather Tips For A Safe Summer With Your Dog

07 May 2012 | Written by Freshpet
It’s a pretty well known fact that dogs love to play outside in the summer. Whether it’s chasing a ball outside on the lawn, taking a dip in the family pool, or just laying out in the warm sun our furry friends just can’t seem to get enough of the outdoors! Even though our dogs are enjoying the weather changes to the summer season, there are several measures we should take as pet owners to protect the safety and health of our canine companions. If not taken care of properly, dogs can suffer from dehydration, sunburns, and heat strokes. Make sure to follow these simple precautions for a safe, fun-filled summer with your pooch. Take them to the vet A check-up is important to make sure your dog will start off the summer with a clean bill of health. Have your pet checked for heartworms and other parasites. Fresh, cool water It is essential to give your dog water, even more so in the hot summer months! Make sure your dog’s water bowl is always replenished with fresh, cool water and is kept in a shady location. Shelter from the sun Dogs might love to sunbathe, but they need a cool, shady place to relax. Shade from trees or an insulated doghouse can help keep your dog cool when the sun becomes unbearable. Pets in cars Never leave your pets alone in a parked car. The inside of the car can become like a furnace, even with the windows slightly opened. Doggy haircuts Start your pup’s summer in style with a lightweight haircut that helps prevent overheating. Shave their hair to about one inch in length to protect their bare skin from sunrays. Pools are for cooling Pools of any size can be a great way to keep your dog cool. Be sure to supervise your dog at all times since not all canines are great swimmers. Be street smart Don’t let your pooch slouch and lay down on the hot asphalt. Sensitive paws can burn and their bodies can heat up extra quick. Make sure to keep walks in hot weather to a minimum. Fan your dog Air conditioning is a great way to keep your dog cool, but if it is not readily accessible, make sure to place fans in areas where your dog likes to sleep. Give your dog a Freshpet frozen treat Cool down your pup on a warm sunny day with our all natural frozen treats. Our Wag-gurt Frozen Organic Yogurt and  Chilly Wags ice cream is a special indulgent summer snack for your dog.

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