Now is the time to start getting your pet ready for the summer heat. It is important to take precautions to ensure the health and comfort of your dog during the hot summer months. What follows is a comprehensive guide on how to prepare your dog for the summer. By following these tips, you can make sure that your furry friend stays cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. This is How To Prepare Your Dog For Summer:
Grooming your dog is the first step in getting him or her ready for the summer. Depending on the breed, summer is a particularly important time to give your dog a bath and a coat trim. Grooming your dog frequently will keep its coat in good condition, stop it from matting, and cut down on its shedding.
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A summer cut is an option for your dog during the warmer months. While a shorter coat will help your dog feel more comfortable in the heat, keep in mind that they still require protection from the sun, so careful not to cut it way too short.
In order to keep your dog more comfortable and healthier during the summer, you should also regularly brush their teeth, clean their ears, and trim their nails.
Protection against sunburn
And just like people, dogs can get sunburned, too, especially if they have thin or light fur. A dog’s skin, when overexposed to the sun, can increase their risk of developing skin cancer, and sunburn is painful for the dog. Apply pet-safe sunscreen to your dog’s nose, ears, and belly if you want to keep them safe from developing heat related skin problems.
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Shade is another thing you can do for your dog when you take them outside. Make use of a canopy or umbrella to create a shady spot in your backyard. Bring a small, portable shelter to the beach or park so your dog has a place to rest.
In the summer months, dehydration can be a serious problem for dogs. Whether your dog is inside or outside, always provide it with fresh water. Bring a water bottle and a foldable bowl so your dog can drink while on a walk or in the park.
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You can also provide your dog with hydrating treats, such as frozen fruits or veggies or frozen broth cubes. Are you looking for a recipe? How to Make Bone Broth Treats to Keep Your Dog Cool
While it’s important to keep your dog active during the summer months, you should be mindful of the temperature. Dogs can overheat quickly, especially if they’re exercising in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest.
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Try to exercise your dog in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler outside. You can also exercise your dog indoors, such as playing fetch in a cool, air-conditioned room.
Summer is also the season for bugs, including fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. These pests can transmit diseases to your dog, so it’s essential to take steps to prevent them.
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There are many pet-friendly bug repellents and treatments available, such as flea and tick collars, topical treatments, and sprays. You can also keep your dog indoors during peak bug hours or invest in a bug-proof shelter for outdoor activities.
Traveling with your dog
If you’re planning on traveling with your dog this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind. Make sure your dog is up-to-date on their vaccinations and has any necessary paperwork, such as a health certificate or proof of rabies vaccination.
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You should also bring all of your dog’s essentials, such as their food, water, leash, bed, and toys. If you’re traveling by car, make sure your dog is secured in a crate or harness to prevent injury in case of an accident.
Another great way to beat the summer heat with your furry friend is by setting up a doggy pool in your backyard. Not only will it keep your dog cool and entertained, but it can also provide a fun bonding experience for you both. Make sure to supervise your dog while they are in the pool and never leave them unattended. Additionally, be sure to empty and clean the pool regularly to prevent any bacterial growth. With these tips in mind, you and your pup can enjoy a safe and enjoyable summer together.
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Getting your dog summer ready involves a bit of preparation and planning, but it’s essential for keeping your furry friend healthy and comfortable during the hot months. With proper grooming, sun protection, hydration, exercise, bug prevention, and travel preparation, you and your dog can enjoy all the fun and adventures that summer has to offer. Remember to always prioritize your dog’s safety and well-being, and have a great summer together!