These Tips for Keeping Your Furry Friends Happy This Summer are quick and oh so easy! We all want the very best for our Pups!
Everyone’s excited to enjoy the summer weather by getting outside and spending time with their loved ones. It’s exciting to go for hikes and visit the beach, especially when you get to bring your pets. Your furballs would love to hang out with you while the weather is beautiful, but it’s easy to forget that they have different needs.
You can slip into your favorite sandals and enjoy an afternoon walk, but the hot pavement and wind make it a different experience for your pet. Before your summer activities begin, read these easy tips for keeping your furry friends happy. When you keep their needs in mind, you can both have a great time.
1. Walk Them in the Grass
Early morning or late evening walks are more comfortable for your pets during the summer because the pavement gets a chance to cool down. Even if there’s a pleasant breeze and the temperature is only 77 degrees, tarmac and asphalt can reach 125 degrees or higher when it bakes in the sun.
When you take your pets for a walk, have them traipse through the grass to prevent burnt paws. Burns peel back paw pads and make walking painful, something you don’t want your furry friend to go through.
2. Provide Cold Water
Pets don’t sweat like humans do, so they need extra help to cool down. Providing cold water after outdoor activities is an easy way to bring their body temperature down naturally. If you leave ice cubes in their water bowl, keep an eye out to ensure they don’t accidentally choke on one. Always carry water along with you on your walks!
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3. Schedule a Haircut
You wouldn’t wear a heavy fur coat during the summer, and neither should your pets. Make sure they get a summer haircut that gets rid of their thick winter coats. Talk with your pet’s groomer to discuss the benefits of a trim versus a shave with their hair type.
4. Banish Outdoor Pests
Insects and pests love warm weather just as much as everyone else, so they’ll make a home in your backyard during the summer. Keep them away from your pets by using ongoing pest control to spray down your yard and around your home. You’ll keep your pets free of ticks and fleas while also keeping bugs away from your plants and garden. Be sure to consult with your Vet for the proper Tick and Flea Treatment for your Dog and Have your Dog Checked by the Vet so that he/she is on HEART WORM Meds year round… A MUST!!!
5. Keep Food Out of Reach
While you plan your upcoming cookout or backyard barbeque party, remember to keep the human food out of reach of your pets. Covering bowls and placing things in the fridge will prevent curious pooches from snacking on things they shouldn’t. Simple preventative actions will keep you from driving your pets to the emergency vet.
6. Avoid Hot Cars
You need to run into the grocery store for extra milk — can you leave your pet in the car for a few minutes? Vehicles heat up quickly in the summer because of the intense weather. After just two minutes on an 80-degree day, your car could heat to 94.3 degrees and cause your waiting pets to experience heatstroke. Even leaving them with open windows is risky, so keep them at home if you need to run an errand. It is NEVER a good idea to leave your do in the car… even in the cooler weather. You never know what they can get into!
Put Yourself in Their Shoes
Would you want to walk on hot pavement or wait in the steaming car? Put yourself in your pet’s shoes to keep them comfortable and happy while you have fun this summer.
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