Dog Days of Summer

Summer is here and the livin’ is easy! For your family, your friends and especially your pets, summer is probably a time to have fun, relax and soak in some sun. However, summer can also be a constant battle to escape the heat. You likely have a game plan that includes water fun and popsicles to keep yourself cool and hydrated, but have you also thought of one for your dog? We’ve got tips on how you can safely care for your furry friend when LA’s temps rise.

H2O on the GO

  • Bring water in a reusable bottle or a collapsible water bowl for your dog and consider carrying a spray bottle to cool her off.
  • Leave multiple bowls of water out for your dog and feed your dog wet dog food to increase his fluid intake.

Different Dogs, Different Demands

  • If your furry friend has long hair, apply dog sunscreen to exposed ears, noses and bellies and consider giving them a shorter “summer cut”.
  • If your dog sports short hair, consider applying dog sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the hot sun.
  • Think twice about muzzling your dog because it can interfere with your dog’s ability to cool itself by panting.

Hittin’ the Town

  • Go on walks during the early morning and evenings hours when it is generally cooler and don’t forget those dog waste bags. We can help you out with a free canister for your dog’s leash.
  • NEVER leave your pet in a hot car even if the windows are cracked or the car is in the shade. When it’s just 70 degrees outside, it can reach 90-100 degrees inside a car. Know how well your dog can swim and don’t leave her unattended around bodies of water.
  • DON’T walk your dog on hot asphalt or concrete. Hot surfaces can hurt and damage your pooch’s paws.

Staying Safe and Cool at Home

  • Clean up spilled antifreeze from overheating car radiators immediately. Pets love the sweet taste of antifreeze, but it can be deadly.
  • Don’t leave food out overnight. Leftover food in and around your home can attract unwanted vermin.
  • Offer cold treats such as ice cubes or frozen chicken/ beef broth cubes.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Keep an eye out for excessive panting/difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, thick drool, mild weakness, stupor, dry or bright red gums, and wobbly legs.
  • If your dog collapses, has a seizure, vomits or has bloody diarrhea, call your pet’s vet immediately.
  • Remember that young and elderly dogs as well as overweight pets or dogs with thick or dark-colored coats of fur are more likely to overheat.

Summer can be a lot of fun for both two-legged and four-legged critters here in LA. Follow these tips and we’ll all happily get through the dog days of summer.

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