Summer is here! This may very well be Fido’s favorite time of year. After all, he gets to run and play outside, and can enjoy sniffing new grass and exploring new places. The heat does present a hazard to our canine pals, however, so you’ll want to take some steps to keep your dog comfortable and safe. Here, a Cherry Hill, NJ vet offers tips on walking your furry buddy in summer.
Time It Right
Keep Fido indoors as much as possible around midday, when temperatures are highest. Walk and play with your pet in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler outside.
Remember to bring water along for Fido, especially on longer walks. You may want to get a doggy water bottle with an attached dispenser. These are great when you’re on the go!
Don’t forget that your pooch is running around barefoot! Fido can easily burn his paw pads on scorching tar and asphalt. Keep your canine pal on soft ground as much as possible, and use paw balm to protect his furry feet. Vaseline will also work in a pinch.
Did you know that dogs can get sunburned? Pups with thin and/or pale fur are the most susceptible. Ask your vet for tips on putting sunscreen on Fido.
As we all know, dogs love sniffing new grass. This can be a dangerous habit. Many plants and flowers are toxic to dogs. Foxtail grasses are also a concern. These harmless-looking grasses have sharp seed awls that can be inhaled and/or work their way through your dog’s skin. This can cause serious internal injuries! You can learn more about safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA site here .
Watch For Overheating
If Fido gets too hot, he could develop heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. Keep a close eye on your pet. If you notice him panting or lagging behind, immediately give him water and bring him indoors. Brachycephalic pups, such as boxers, are particularly at risk, because their air passages are so short.
Fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other pests are out in full force in summer. Protect your canine companion from dangerous parasites and diseases by keeping up on his vaccines and parasite control.
Please contact us, your Cherry Hill, NJ vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help.