Summer’s here and with it comes vacations, sunny days, and lots of activity. Here are some summertime tips for keeping pooch happy and safe.
• Avoid pavement or asphalt. These surfaces can be painful for your dog to walk on and can burn their paws. Stick to dirt or grass whenever possible. Prolonged exposure to asphalt and granite can cause blisters to form on the dog’s pads.
“Try to keep the dog off of asphalt as much as possible,” Veazie Veterinary Clinic‘s Dr. David Cloutier said. “It’s like us running barefoot on pavement. It would probably burn.”
• Pack water and travel water bowls. If you’re going on a long walk or out on the town, bring water and a travel bowl with you.
• Avoid the midday sun. Ever remember being told as a child to avoid the sun between between 12 noon and 2 p.m.? The same applies for a dog. The sun is at its highest during those hours and can wreak havoc. Instead, go for excursions after 3 or 4 p.m.
• Don’t leave your dog alone in the car. It is dangerous for dogs or cats to be left in a car, even “for a few minutes.” According to RedRover, a Stanford University study showed that on a day where the temperature was 72 degrees outside, the internal temperature of a car climbed to 116 degrees in just one hour. Similar studies show that cracking a window has very little bearing on cooling down the car. Similarly, don’t leave children in a car on a hot day.
Don’t believe me? Think, it’ll be OK for just a few minutes? Check out these temp charts. Yikes!
There’s an awesome website that outlines all of the things you need to know about keeping your dog cool. It’s called www.mydogiscool.com. Check out the site and make the pledge that you’ll have a “cool” dog this summer!