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Beware of These Summer Dog Don'ts!

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The promise of afternoon swims, outdoor adventures and trips to the beach might have your dog grabbing his leash and waiting at the front door, but as his human, you’ve got a few more responsibilities to consider. Here’s how to keep your dog safe and smiling all summer long!

Here’s 7 of our tips on how to keep your dog safe and smiling all summer long!

1) Don’t shave your dog. 

Wearing a fur coat in 90° weather may seem crazy to us, but your pet’s coat actually keeps her cool in the summer (and warm in the winter)! If you’re concerned your dog’s long hair will collect burs and foxtails, send her to the groomer for a professional trim or “summer cut.”

2) Don’t neglect the water bowl. 

Not only is your dog likely drinking more when it’s hot, but harmful bacteria thrive in warmer water. That’s why it’s particularly important to change and refill that water bowl daily to ensure your pet’s getting plenty of pure, fresh H2O during summer! Alternatively, a  water fountain automatically recirculates water, keeping bacteria at bay and encouraging him to drink more.

3) Don’t overlook overheating. 

Overheating can be life-threatening for dogs. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s time to crank the AC and get some cold water:

  • Excessive panting 
  • Thick drool 
  • Disorientation 
  • Bright red or blue gums 
  • Collapsing 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 

Remember: A temperature above 106° places your dog at risk for heat stroke. If his temperature is in the danger zone, call your vet!

4) Don’t forget the sunscreen. 

Dogs are susceptible to sunburns, just like humans. If you’re planning to spend more than a couple hours outside with your canine companion, apply sunscreen to any furless spots like the ears, nose and tummy. Fido can’t share your bottle, unfortunately, but here’s a list of highly-rated dog sunscreens.

5) Don’t let the parasites bite. 

As you know, hot weather means more bugs. Fleas, ticks and mosquitos can carry dangerous parasites like tapeworms and heartworms, along with diseases like Lyme and Bartonella – all of which can pose serious health risks. While flea-preventing  products like Frontline do the trick, you don’t have to use toxic chemicals to protect your pet. We recommend placing pet-friendly, bug-repelling plants in your backyard (such as basil, catnip and lavender), populating your garden with beneficial bugs or nematodes that feast on pests, and applying essential oils like cedarwood to your pet’s fur.

6) Don’t leave your dog outside all day. 

You may think those sunny summer days are ideal for running free in the backyard, but your pup can easily overheat if left to her own devices for too long – after all, dogs find it difficult to resist a good play session (even when their bodies are begging for rest). If it’s too hot for you to be outside, it’s too hot for your dog!

7) Don’t lock the pet door! 

A good pet door gives your pet easy access to the cool air-conditioned house whenever he can’t take the heat outside, so you don’t have to worry about him being stuck in the sun too long.

Bonus tip: Dogs love ice cubes! Toss a few in your dog’s bowl on toasty days – he’ll thank you, we promise.