Fun in the Sun with Your Dog
Having fun in the summer with your dog can be the best time for them and you. There are lots of things to keep in mind before getting out in the summer sun, many of the same things you do for yourself you should also do for your dog to have a healthy, fun time out in the heat.
Don’t overdo the play time in the sun! No matter how much your dog is begging to be outside, you want to allow this in moderation because there is the risk of dehydration, and heat exhaustion. Provide lots of water for them, as it is an essential nutrient to keep their body functioning properly. Dogs benefit from sunscreen just like we do too! Especially if your dog has light fur, or a thin coat make sure to slather them in pet-specific sunscreen in their pink areas and parts where the hair is less thick.
The summer is the best time for your pup to get out of the house and get out all of their pinned up energy through the long winter. Your dog needs the shaded areas, sunscreen, and hydration just as much as you do. Don’t ever think that just because they are an animal that the same health risks are not present. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration can all happen to dogs. Monitor your dog’s breathing, activity in the water, and their already present health issues. No more than 2 hours in the sun during the hottest parts of the day, which are typically between 10 am and 2 pm.
You can have lots of fun in the sun with your pup, but keeping it safe should be your priority. The heat can get to you or your dog very quickly, and you should always trust your gut when you feel things that are out of the ordinary.