Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

Everyone knows how to love their pets, but during the summer keeping your pets cool can be challenging.

Your dog will show signs if they are distressed or having a heatstroke. Excessive drooling, heavy breathing, or if they have a rapid pulse can be signs of a heatstroke but also watch for changes in their normal habits. Provide shade for dogs that have spent a long time in direct sunlight and make sure they’re well hydrated.

As a rule, don’t let your dog sit in your hot car for even a minute. Even with the windows partially rolled down, parked cars in 80-degree temperatures can reach interior temperatures of 120 degrees in minutes.

Camp Canine offers doggie day camp — a short play-filled day with our camp counselors — where we can keep your pets safe.

Check out our Doggy Day Care rates to make sure your dog is protected.

Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

As summers get hotter, we want to share these health tips as often as possible to make sure your four-legged friends are safe.

We find that summer comes with classic activities for dogs. We often see them playing at the beach, waiting for you to get home from work, or exploring new spaces on a walk. Each of these has different dangers that we’d like you to consider.

  • Insects or pests — Dogs may be exposed to new pests in a bush during a hike or even just passing by an undeveloped lot in the city. We know pests come out during the summer, so it’s good to be aware of the dangers.
  • Beach days — Dogs get sunburned too! While the hours in the salty seas and sun may be fun, you need to take precautions to make sure your dog stays healthy after their beach day.
  • During errands and home alone — We already mentioned the dangers of leaving your pup in your car, but similar concerns can arise from dogs left at home during work. Doing work ahead of time will protect your dog for summers to come.

As we dive into the summer safety tips for dogs, we’ll make sure to hit these points and a few more miscellaneous areas to keep your dog safe.

Keep your pet hydrated

We’ve seen pet owners being better about this aspect of dog care in recent years, but it’s still one of the most important things you can do.

Summer is a great time to go for walks with your dog, and your dog will love you if you carry a flask of cool water and a portable doggie bowl for them to drink on your walk. All that fur oftentimes keeps your dog’s body temperature much higher than humans, so a nice bowl of cool water will help keep them comfortable in the hot sun. 

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dog drinking fresh water to keep hydrated

Like our tip to keep your dog hydrated, make sure they’re drinking clean water.

There’s no telling what chemicals, parasites, or bacteria could be growing in that stagnant pool or stream. Even ocean water is filled with salt that can dehydrate your dog faster or make them sick. For these reasons, give them plenty of fresh water to keep them hydrated.

Also, if they’re swimming in mineral or salt water, try to wash them off with fresh water before going home. It will keep them cool and keep their coat healthy.

Vaccinate your pet

Simply making sure your pet is vaccinated will protect your dog’s immune system from many harmful pest bites and insects, including bees, wasps, and ticks. Tell your vet about your habits, and they can recommend the right vaccinations for your dog.

Additionally, your vet may be able to go over the symptoms associated with allergic reactions they see often and how to prevent them.

If you can’t drive your pet a vaccination appointment, let Camp Canine take them to and from the vet

Limit direct sunlight

You’ve probably noticed by now whether your dog has a thick coat of fur or not.

Dogs with heavy coats heat faster in direct sunlight and are more susceptible to heatstroke. Dogs with light coats, no hair, or even white hair are more likely to get sunburned in direct sunlight. For that reason, we recommend finding shade for your dogs with a nearby tree, building cover, or some pop-up shade.

We also recommend applying sunscreen on your dog’s nose and ears, or where their skin is showing, 30 minutes before traveling into direct sunlight.

Tips for the walk

Figuring out how to walk your dog when the weather is hot can be tough.

We recommend walking your dog outdoors or playing with them in the early morning or the evening to avoid peak-temperature hours. But since not everyone can move their schedule around this way, consider investing in some paw pads to cover their paws from the hot cement and asphalt.

As we said above, consider bringing water, a water bowl, and maybe a few treats for your trip to make sure they enjoy their time outdoors.

How to care when at work

Most of us leave our dogs at home without supervision when we’re at work or out running errands. And it’s hard to make sure they’re safe in days of excessive heat.

We recommend increasing their shade and freshwater access. Another good option is to keep them inside and see if you can find someone to check in on during the day.

Keeping your pet well-groomed can make sure they don’t overheat from the excess fur.

Doggy daycare

If you don’t feel comfortable bringing your dog on your hike, leaving them at home during hotter days, or otherwise protecting your dog while you adventure, there are many options for doggy daycare. Camp Canine offers time with our camp counselor to provide opportunities for play, socialization with other dogs, and even grooming services.

Don’t just take our word for it, your dog happy and tired after a stay at Camp Canine’s Doggy Day Care

How can I tell if my dog is experiencing heatstroke?

Luckily, there are universal symptoms of heatstroke, so it’s easy to spot if you know it.

  • Excessively panting
  • Excessively drooling
  • Rapid pulse
  • Fever

If you see these symptoms in your dog or suspect they may be experiencing heatstroke, immerse them in cool water as soon as possible or find a way to cool them down.

Of course, ask your vet about any other symptoms or signs of heatstroke and how to prevent it.

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