Tips for keeping your pet safe in hot weather and more
Keep your pet safe all summer long
Whether you’re on a walk or going on a road trip there are a few simple tips you can follow to help keep your pet safe this summer. With hot weather comes some dangerous conditions for your dog if you’re not prepared. The good part is, it’s easy to be prepared so that you can keep your pet safe and have fun together all summer long.
Above is our Little Zeus (aka LZ) going for a walk with us in the forest. While the shade of the forest makes it a great deal cooler than in the sun, it’s still warm temperatures. We don’t go anywhere with our dogs without water for them, it’s just one way we keep our pet safe. Whether it’s a short walk, hike or road trip. We need to keep our pet safe and he needs our help to do it. Unlike humans dogs don’t sweat and they need help to cool down.
Keeping dogs hydrated
One important way to keep your pet safe is to make sure they always have access to fresh water. This is even more important in the summer. Dehydration happens quickly in hot temperatures. We always carry a water bottle or better yet a collapsible water bowl with us for our dogs just like the ones you see below. They are inexpensive, this set of 3 costs $9 and yet they invaluable. We buy these bowls from companies that also donate to pet shelters like the ones shown below. You can buy them on Amazon HERE. Carrying around a lightweight, collapsible dog bowl is such an easy way to keep your pet safe in hot weather.
We’ve been known to take our dogs on road trips and as such we have a list of things we bring for them. When travelling we always bring a dog toy, enough food and treats and their own dog blanket. One of those treats they love are Petcurean’s SPIKE treats, another fabulous company that supports animal shelters. Their treats are a great on-the-go treat and they help prevent digestion issues. If you’re planning to be traveling for days, weeks or months, you may need to purchase dog food while you are away – many pet food brands offer store locators on their website so that you can plan where to get your dog’s next meal. Keeping your dog comfortable in new surroundings and while in the car helps to keep your pet safe and feeling secure in a new environment.
In addition to keeping them hydrated did you know that dogs can burn in the sun just like people can? White, light-colored, and thinly coated dogs are particularly prone to sunburn. Be sure to regularly apply a waterproof sunscreen formulated for babies or pets. Find a shady spot to place a cool mat for your dog whether in your yard, at the beach, or during trail breaks.
Also, outside surfaces can heat up quickly in the summer sun and can burn your dog’s footpads. Walk your dog in the morning or evening, or in shaded areas. If it is painful for you, it will also be painful for your dog. Never, ever leave your dogs in a vehicle when the weather is warm, even with the windows open it gets hot quick for dogs. It’s best to either leave them at home or now some stores recognizing the dangers of leaving dogs in cars will let you bring them into the store.
Sadly we can’t always take our beloved dogs with us so when you want to keep your pet safe when you’re away from them check out these tips for selecting a pet sitter HERE. Check out some of our other tips when travelling with Dogs.