Things to consider when taking our pets out for activities
during the hot days of summer.
- Wellness (basic health considerations) during activities and hot days.
- Timing: Be especially aware of the heat and sun exposure when the sun is highest in the sky-from about 10-2. Try to avoid these times on hotter days, or take extra measures to combat the heat. Cooling bandanas/scarves are one option that can be worn around the neck to keep body temperatures down during peak hours.
- Shade – Just like us, our pets need to get out of the sun at times and cool down. Animals can also sunburn just like us. If you can’t find a spot to get out of the sun, be prepared with products that can be applied for sun screen/UV protection.
- Water – Have plenty around. If you’re thirsty, it’s likely your pets are too.
- Clean, healthy, and if needed – groomed hair coat. Dirty and matted hair keeps the heat in. Flies can lay maggots around the skin and matted hair when dirt and feces accumulate.
- Rest – Some dogs just don’t know when to say NO! They won’t stop fetching-even when they get overheated, so give them rest in between activities. Remember, when we hike with our dogs, they tend to cover more area than us. Watch how they are moving and have them rest when needed.
- Outdoor Etiquette
- Walking our dogs is an enjoyable time for both dog and dog owner. Leashes give us control over our dog’s walk, and in most public areas are required. Sometimes our dogs are all over the place with the retractable leash. Be aware when walking that others are close by.
- Feces pick up. Keep the area clean and have bags handy to pick up with. Some walk ways at certain points have bag dispenser’s and collection containers.
- Travel/New Surroundings
- We all know it can get hot in a car when the windows are up. Even partially open is just not enough. Never leave your dog in a car during hot, or even warm days-it heats up more quickly than you think.
- Motion sickness. Motion sickness medication and sedatives can be your and your dog’s best friend. Cleaning up vomit or seeing your dog in distress is not fun. Consult with your veterinarian before travel to see what would be the best. Give ½ to 1 hour a head of traveling. Some medications are also available to help our pets deal with noise aversion-which can be helpful in new surroundings, or around crowds/loud noises.
- Be sure to have your pets properly identified and microchipped-it’s easy for them to get spooked in strange or unfamiliar places, and it’s best to take all precautions against a lost pet.