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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Watt

Caring for your pup!

Hi, Friends! The Dog Days of summer are here and with them come hot days and other hazards for your canine friends. You can enjoy the season and still spend the extra time outdoors with your pup, just be mindful of a few tips to keep them cool, safe, and hydrated during this time of the year.

1. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water and shade while spending time outdoors. With all that fur they can overheat and become dehydrated fast.

2. Flat faced dogs, like pugs, boxers, and bulldogs, can suffer heat stroke more easily because they cannot pant as effectively, so make sure you help them stay cool.

3. Surprisingly, dogs can suffer from sunburn too, especially light colored dogs with short fur, so be mindful if your dog fits this type.

4. Don’t let the heat keep you from your daily walks. Just go early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the hottest time of the day, and keep your walks shorter when the humidity is really high.

5. Keep your dog leashed on walks when you are most likely to encounter other furry friends, and make sure your dog has ID tags too.

6. Be mindful of hot pavement, asphalt, and sand that can burn your dog’s paw pads. You can also protect their paws with a dose of The Best Dog Balm before you head out on your walks.

7. Brush your dog regularly to help remove loose fur, and check for fleas and ticks which are more prevalent in the summertime. Make sure your are up to date on their flea and tick meds too.

8. Keep your dog away from chemically-treated lawns for at least 24 hours.

9. And finally, NEVER leave your dog alone in the car, even with open windows. The temps can become scorching hot in a matter of minutes which can cause brain damage or even death.

If you have any other suggestions on summertime safety, please comment below and share them with us. Thanks!

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