By Nancy Cope
The most important thing in the summer is to keep a fresh supply of water available at all times.
Just like humans, dogs need water to stay cool and hydrated in the heat.
Refill the dish whenever you see that it’s empty, or consider a water bowl with a reservoir above.
Never Leave your Dog in the Car
When you park your car in the sun the interior can reach a blistering 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes.
If left in the car for too long your dog could suffer heat stroke or even die. Leaving the window open is not an option either, because your dog could escape, and a small crack won’t cool the car down enough to make a difference. If you can’t take your dog in with you, leave him at home.
Give Him a Trim
Dog fur is a great insulator, just think about the huskies that pull sleds in the Iditarod.
But in summer too much fur can become extremely stifling and hot. A good trim on the belly and in the ears can really help cool your dog down. An ear trim is especially useful because it gets rid of excess hair which can trap moisture and heat which leads to bacterial growth.
Never shave your dog completely however, as this leaves him vulnerable to sunburn.
Summer can be the most carefree time of the year for your dog, whether running in the sunny backyard or dozing on a warm patch of grass.
Simply follow these tips to make sure your dog stays healthy, hydrated and cool, and enjoy the good weather together.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.