Summer has officially arrived! For humans, that means fun in the sun, and we get to play more outdoor activities with our favorite furry friends. But for those older furry friends, summer isn’t what it used to be. Here are some tips to help you help your pets through this hot summer season.
- Make sure your pets are drinking plenty of water
Although you may think it is cute when your dog is looking at you with their tongues out because the sun is out, this should be your cue to find them some water! Dehydration is even more dangerous when it comes to older dogs. Older dogs may have some kidney problems, which can be detrimental when it comes to your dog retaining water.
- Watch out for hot asphalt roads/concrete
Hot roads can burn an animal’s paws at any age. If it’s a very hot sunny day, the roads may be too hot for your pet to be walking on. To check if the pavement is too hot for your dog, put the back of your hand to the pavement and if you can not keep it there for five seconds without experiencing discomfort, it is way too hot for your pet’s paws. Make sure you are going on walks in areas with tons of grass for them to be on.
- Do NOT keep your dog in the car!
You may do it all year: you’re just running into the store to grab something so you just leave your dog in the car. In the summer, this can be detrimental. Even if you crack the window, the hot air can be too much for your dog. It can make your dog ill and dehydrated very quickly.
- Beware of sunburns
Yes, your dog can get sunburnt! If your dog has a lighter colored fur, they are at greater risk of getting a sunburn. If you see some crusting or small blisters on the areas where the dogs’ skin meets their nose, bring them to the vet to get checked out. This can be a sign of skin damage over time that is showing in their older age.
- Make sure shade is available
Dogs, no matter their age, will appreciate some shade on a hot day. Resting in a cool spot can be beneficial not only for your dog but for you as well. Taking a break in the shade is a great way to cool down, drink water, and just take a break from the sun. If you know you will be going somewhere that may not have natural shade, be sure to bring an umbrella for some relief.