Summer is a great season for dogs, with sunny weather and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Unlike the rainy spring season, the summer weather is generally dry, making it a good time for dogs to enjoy walks and playtime. However, there are potential dangers in the summer that are even worse than skin problems, such as the outbreak of parasites. Moreover, the hot weather can cause heatstroke in dogs, which can be fatal. So, what can owners do to ensure their dogs safely enjoy the hot summer weather?
Regularly Brushing Your Dog's Coat
Summer weather can cause a surge in fleas, ticks, and other parasites. When your dog pees by a tree, it's likely to pick up some bugs. Parasites can easily hide under your dog's long coat, making them hard to spot.
Therefore, it's important to regularly brush your dog's coat during summer to check for parasites. Ticks can already be attached to your dog's skin and feeding on its blood. Regular grooming not only helps you spot any parasites, but also helps you monitor your dog's skin condition for any signs of skin diseases or lumps.
Additionally, dust and dirt can accumulate on your dog's coat, which can cause itchiness. Therefore, brushing your dog's coat frequently and giving it a bath can help keep your dog comfortable and healthy during summer.
Summer is the peak season for the spread of diseases through mosquito bites, and mosquitoes are carriers of heartworm. So, you should consider deworming your dog, especially if they like to run and rub on grassy areas.
If dogs become targets of parasite attacks, they can suffer from malnutrition and even die from disease. The best way to prevent this is to follow a deworming schedule. How often? That depends on the type of insect repellent you use.
When taking your dog for walks, be sure to keep them away from other dogs' feces, as they may contain parasites. After walking, you should check every inch of your dog's skin, especially behind their ears, between their toes, and under their tail. Long-haired dogs should have their fur checked to prevent fleas and ticks from hiding in their coat.
Diet for Dogs
With the arrival of summer, dogs may not feel like eating if it's too hot. In addition to the usual food that dogs eat, there are many extra foods that can make dogs very hungry, but these should not be given too much.
Owners can add some meat to the dog food to make it taste better and more delicious. In the summer, prepare more water for your dog. Don't wait until your dog's bowl is empty.
If your dog doesn't like drinking water, try putting some ice cubes in the water. Cooling can alleviate the heat of summer and stimulate dogs to drink more water. As for ice cream, it's best not to give too much to dogs as many of them are too sweet. Yogurt can be given a little, but not every day, otherwise the dog may become thin.
In hot and sunny weather, it's important to prevent prolonged walks and vigorous exercise to avoid the risk of heatstroke in dogs. Also, prevent prolonged exposure to the sun, as dogs can not only overheat but also get sunburned.
If you plan to spend an extended period of time outside with your dog, find a shady spot and provide plenty of clean water. Try to take leisurely walks when it's cooler, such as in the early morning or evening.
In addition, it's crucial to make sure your pup's paws don't get burnt on scorching pavement. If you're concerned, you might want to consider snagging some kicks for your furry friend.
Also, never leave your dog solo in the car. It could take less than 30 minutes for your pooch to kick the bucket from heatstroke. If you must bring your dog along, be sure to bring another person so they can hang out in the AC with your dog. Otherwise, it's best to leave your pup at home. Going out could be a matter of life and death, and all they want is to live their best life.
To ensure your dog's safety during the summer, parasite control is absolutely essential. Otherwise, if your dog brings parasites back home, cleaning up can be a nightmare. After taking necessary precautions, owners can try out more summer activities with their dogs, such as swimming, and have a happy summer together.