Hello, summer! The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and the days are filled with outdoor activities. While it’s tempting to include your favorite furry family member in the fun, the hot weather can be dangerous for your pup. Before you head outside, read these tips to keep your dog happy, cool, and safe.

Have Plenty Of Water– Hydration is key! Dogs lose moisture faster than humans so it’s important that freshwater is always available. Use deep bowls to keep the water colder longer and add ice cubes for an extra chill. Or, surprise them with a cool and sweet dog-friendly treat.

Provide Shade – If spending time outside, make sure there is a shade for your pup to escape the sun. Trees, tarps, and umbrellas are the best options as they don’t obstruct airflow. A doghouse does not help as it magnifies the heat by trapping it inside.

Be Smart About Exercise – If your dog is in need of physical activity, a good rule of thumb is to do it first thing in the morning or late at night when there isn’t direct sunlight or high temperatures. It’s also best to adjust the intensity and/or duration depending on the temperature and humidity levels. And, don’t forget to always have water on you to reduce the risk of dehydration.

Watch Their Paws – If it’s too hot for your feet, then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. Asphalt and concrete hold in heat; getting hotter than the temperature. If you can’t keep your feet on the ground for seven seconds, then your pup shouldn’t be walking on it. Dog boots or shoes are a great way to provide paw protection.

Don’t Leave Your Dog In A Parked Car – Within minutes a parked car, even with the windows cracked or rolled down, can get hot and stuffy creating a dangerous environment for your dog. And, in many states it is illegal. If your pup can’t go inside with you, then it’s best to leave them at home.

Maintain Their Coat – Your dog’s long hair is important in the summer months as it protects your pup from overheating and sunburns. If they’ve got a thick undercoat, keep it trimmed (never shave it) it or use a FURminator® to remove the undercoat. The goal is to let the airflow through their hair to keep them cool.

Watch For Heatstroke – Know the signs of heatstroke so you can treat your dog immediately. Whether outside or inside, the signs of being overheated include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, glazed eyes, excessive thirst, weakness, and lack of coordination. Additional symptoms include seizures, vomit, and fever.

Play Inside – Planning a day full of outdoor activities for your family, but don’t want to expose your dog to the heat? Drop them off at dog daycare so they can have fun, too! Your pup will enjoy up to 10 hours of open play in our clean, safe, and climate-controlled playrooms. They’ll spend the day playing, socializing, and burning off energy with like-minded BFFs (Best Furry Friends Forever) under the watchful eye of our certified Canine Coaches. Wherever you are, you can check in on your pup on our live webcams. You’ll feel good seeing they’re having the Most Exciting Day Ever!

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