Tips & Training
Dog Summer Safety: 7 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe in Summer
Copy: Serena Faber-Nelson
Photography: Serena Faber-Nelson
Summer is all about fun in the sun, but it’s also the time our pets need us the most.
So to keep your dog happy and healthy, here are our top tips for dog summer safety.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE
No matter what, always ensure that your dog has ample, cool, clean water available to drink at all times.
Make sure if you’re going out the water is in a shaded area, and can’t be tipped over accidentally. In fact, try to have two water bowls out just to be safe.
If you’re out and about with your pet, use a collapsible bowl (we love this 3-in-1 water bottle and bowl from DOOG) and always keep a spare bottle of water handy for emergencies.
KEEP THEM COOL
Always provide a cool, shady area for your dog to rest during the summer.
If you can, invite them inside on hot days – they love cool tiles, fans and air conditioning just as much as we do!
And while we can’t believe we even need to say it – never, ever keep a dog locked in a car. Interiors of cars can heat up to devastating temperatures in a matter of minutes. Even if you think you’ll be back in 5 minutes or you’ve left the window open – plans change, accidents happen and things go awry. Just don’t do it – either take you dog with you, or return home to drop them off before you continue your errands.
DO THE DOGGY PADDLE!
Lots of dogs love to swim, so summer is a great time to take them to dog friendly beaches and lakes.
If your dog isn’t so keen on the ocean, try filling a clam shell pool with cold water in your backyard and let your pooch lie in it to cool down.
Don’t forget a dog friendly swim towel for them to dry off afterwards!
FROZEN DOG TREATS
Summer weather calls for icy treats, so why not make your own frozen dog treats?
Easy to make and freezes in batches, you can them just pop them out on hot, summer days.
For an added bonus, freeze frozen treat recipes inside your dog’s favourite Kong toy to make their treat fun and tasty!
KEEP THEIR PAWS SAFE
To protect your pup’s paws, try to stick to walking them in the cool of the early morning or evening. Walking on hot concrete and road surfaces can burn the pads of your dog’s paws and leave them in a great deal of pain.
HANDY HINT: If you’re unsure of how hot it is, place your own hand or bare foot on the ground for at least 30 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog!
For dogs that spend a lot of outdoor time at places like the beach where sand, grit and rough surfaces wear away at their paws, consider using a natural paw protecting balm to give them added protection when out and about.
If your dog’s paws show signs of cracking or irritation, try a natural paw soother to assist in healing.
SLIP, SLOP, SLAP
Dogs need sun protection just like us – especially those with lighter fur.
To keep them protected apply a dog safe sunscreen concentrating on areas such as their nose, ears and belly.
PROTECT THEM FROM FLEAS & TICKS
Summer is the time when fleas and ticks come out to play and, in the case of paralysis ticks, they can be deadly for your pet.
Talk to your vet about which form a flea and tick protection is right for your dog and for more information see our tips on how to protect your dog against fleas and paralysis ticks.
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IMAGE CREDIT: Charlotte Reeves Photography