With summer in full swing, it’s very important to ensure that your furry friend is ready for the season. That helps protect them from the harm that too much heat and sun can do, along with reducing water activity risks and other concerns. Here are a few of the most important tips and tricks to keep your dog healthy, happy, and safe during warm weather.

Make Sure to Provide Plenty of Hydration
Dogs love to exercise and play, and you don’t want to take that away from your four-legged family member during the warm summer months. But you have to be careful that your dog doesn’t end up with heat exhaustion or other issues from running around in the warm weather. Make sure to take breaks and cool down with your pet, to help them stay healthy.

Additionally, you need to be sure your dog has all the water they need, because staying hydrated is extremely important when it’s hot outside. Especially with your dog’s fur coat, cooling down by finding a shady spot and drinking water is a great way to help them enjoy summer even more.

Hikes Can be Hard on Your Dog’s Feet
Another thing you want to consider is making sure your dog doesn’t burn their feet when you walk or hike. If the pavement or other surface you’re walking on is too hot for you to leave your hand on, it’s too hot for the pads of your dog’s feet, too. Along with keeping your dog cool and hydrated on a hike, and resting frequently when it’s really hot outside, make sure you check the temperature of the surface you’ll be walking on. Keep in mind, that if it is a very hot day, it might be best to leave your furry family member at home so they don’t overheat.

Pick the Coolest Part of the Day 

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities with your dog! During the warmer months, getting outside during the coolest parts of the day, mornings or evenings, is a great way to ensure that they don’t get too hot.

Don’t Leave Your Dog Unattended Around Water
Playing in the water can be a good way to stay cool, but it can also leave your dog vulnerable to drowning. Make sure you don’t let your dog play in the water when you’re not there, and watch for signs that they’re getting tired of swimming. They need to be able to get out of the water easily, so they can rest. If you spend time in the water with them, you can help them get back to shore, and have a safe, enjoyable summer full of outdoor adventures.

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