If you’re like many canine caretakers, you’re likely looking forward to enjoying some fun in the sun with your pooch this summer. But before you finalize your seasonal plans, take some time to consider how you will protect your dog. Summertime brings many potential hazards for dogs, but you can protect your best friend by following these tips.
Protecting Your Dog from Heat-Related Illnesses
One of the most serious summertime hazards is the possibility of heat-related illnesses. Dogs—especially breeds with long, thick fur—can easily become overheated under the hot Arizona sun. Following these tips could save your dog’s life:
- Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car.
- Never leave your dog tied up outside on a hot day.
- Ensure your dog has access to shade when outdoors.
- Give your dog unlimited, continuous access to cool, clean water.
- Take walks with your dog during the early morning and evening hours.
In addition, consider purchasing a set of dog booties to protect your dog’s feet from the hot pavement. If your dog displays any signs of heat stress—such as labored breathing—cool off your dog and get him or her to a veterinarian right away.
Treat Your Dog to Prevent Parasites
All dogs need preventive care to keep fleas and ticks away. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options. Your dog will also need preventive care for heartworm disease, which can be fatal.
Apply Sunscreen to Certain Breeds
Did you know that dogs can get sunburn just like people? They can also develop an increased risk of skin cancer from UV ray exposure. Talk to your veterinarian about applying an appropriate sunscreen product if your dog has a thin or light-colored coat.
Horizon Animal Hospital is here to help you safeguard your beloved pet’s wellness throughout the year. Our friendly, knowledgeable veterinarians are available seven days per week. Give us a call in Scottsdale at (480) 800-4559, and be sure to ask us about our canine wellness plans!