Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner — are you and your four-legged friend ready to have some fun in the sun? We certainly are, and we’re making sure to follow all of the tips outlined below to keep our dogs as safe as possible!
At Saint N Mike, we carry unique products for dogs that are perfect for every season, and the warmest months of the year are no exception. Keep your dog cool and comfortable and check out our Pet Travel Water Dispenser, Cooling Mat, and Portable Swimming Pool when you’ve finished reading this post!
The easiest and most straightforward way to keep your dog cool and comfortable is to keep them inside during the hottest hours of the day, which are typically between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. However, if you live in a Southern state or an area such as California or Arizona, you’ll likely need to stick to early mornings and evenings for any outdoor adventures. If your dog has a thin coat and/or pale skin, it’s also important to keep in mind that they’re at an increased risk of sunburn, which can lead to skin damage and, in serious cases, tumors.
Dogs are at an elevated risk of heatstroke and can overheat extremely quickly — never leave them in a car, even if it’s just to run a quick errand. If you do, you could risk your vehicle being damaged by the police as they rescue your dog and potentially take them into custody to determine whether or not they should be allowed to return to your home.
Dogs can succumb to heat stroke within minutes, so it’s important to know what to look for. We’ve outlined a few of the most common signs in the graphic below — continue reading below to learn what to do if you believe your dog has heat stroke.
If your dog is exhibiting signs of heat stroke, move them out of the sun immediately. If you’re outdoors, take them into the shade and provide them with water; if you’re at home, turn on the air conditioning and try to cool them down using a cool (not cold) washcloth. It can be helpful to put the wash cloth on their underside, where their coat isn’t as thick. If their symptoms do not improve within a few minutes, you should call your veterinarian and determine whether or not they need to be seen for emergency services.
If you’re concerned about keeping your dog cool this summer, visit the Saint N Mike catalog. We have a number of unique products for dogs designed to reduce the risk of heat stroke and keep your furry friend comfortable all summer long. From portable pet pools and dog water bottle dispensers to cooling mats and life jackets, we’re proud to be your one-stop online pet store!