Summer Ready: Preparing Your Pup for Fun in the Sun

Summer Ready: Preparing Your Pup for Fun in the Sun

As the temperature rises and the days grow longer, summer brings ample opportunities for outdoor adventures with our beloved canine companions. However, the warmer months also present unique challenges for our furry friends. From scorching pavement to pesky parasites, it's important to take proactive steps to ensure our dogs stay safe and comfortable during the summer season. In this guide, we'll explore essential tips for preparing your pup for a fun and safe summer.

  1. Stay Hydrated: Just like humans, dogs can easily become dehydrated in hot weather. Always provide access to fresh, clean water, especially during outdoor activities. Consider bringing a portable water bottle and collapsible bowl on walks or hikes to keep your pup hydrated on the go. Additionally, offer frozen treats or ice cubes to help your dog cool down and stay refreshed.

  2. Protect Against Parasites: Warmer weather means increased activity for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, which can transmit dangerous diseases to our furry friends. Ensure your dog is up to date on flea and tick prevention medication, and consider using pet-safe insect repellents when spending time outdoors. Regularly check your dog for ticks after walks in wooded or grassy areas, and consult your veterinarian if you notice any signs of infestation or irritation.

  3. Practice Sun Safety: While it's tempting to soak up the sun with our dogs, it's important to prevent heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke and sunburn. Limit outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When outside, seek shade whenever possible and provide your dog with a comfortable, well-ventilated area to rest. Consider using pet-safe sunscreen on exposed areas of your dog's skin, such as the nose, ears, and belly, to prevent sunburn.

  4. Watch for Overheating: Dogs can quickly overheat in hot weather, especially breeds with thick fur or brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, including excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and vomiting. If you suspect your dog is overheating, move them to a cooler area immediately, offer water to drink, and wet their fur with cool (not cold) water. Seek veterinary care promptly if symptoms persist or worsen.

  5. Exercise Caution on Pavement: Asphalt and concrete can become extremely hot in the summer sun, causing burns and discomfort to your dog's paw pads. Before heading out for a walk, test the pavement with the back of your hand. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws. Opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler, or stick to grassy or shaded areas whenever possible. Try our Warren London Paw Defense Wax to protect the skin on your pup's paws from hot asphalt and pavement in the summer. 

  6. Use Sunscreen: Warren London Sunscreen with Natural Aloe Vera will provide dog itching skin relief to avoid dry and scaly skin from the sun. This dog sunblock also works as a great after sun lotion, and will sure to be a snout soother for doggies whom got too much sun exposure.

By taking proactive measures to prepare your pup for the summer season, you can ensure they stay safe, healthy, and happy during outdoor adventures. From staying hydrated to protecting against pests and sunburn, these tips will help you and your furry friend make the most of the sunny days ahead. So grab your sunscreen, pack some water, and get ready to enjoy summer fun with your canine companion by your side!

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