How to look after your dog in summer

AnnieBliss By AnnieBliss, 22nd Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Dogs overheat easily, and should not be left in cars. Learn more how you can look after your dog in the summer, and keep him cool and healthy.

Keeping your canine friend cool this summer

I read a very distressing article on line yesterday about a dog that had been left in a hot car.
It never ceases to amaze me how silly people are, and that they still leave their dogs to overheat in a hot car is just criminal.
A dog can overheat in minutes, and can die in a car in severe distress.

I am a big dog lover, and often give people advice on how to better look after their canine friends. Here are some tips how to look after your dog better in the summer.

Cars, dogs and summer just do not mix. Unless you have to take your dog on a car journey in the summer you should avoid doing so. If you do have to take your dog in the car make sure he has a cool place to lay down,make sure the air conditioning is on and always bring water. Dogs can only cool down by panting but excess panting can lead to cardiac distress so be very careful with your fury friend in summer.

I know that during the winter it is now nice for your dog to have warm, fleecy blankets in his basket, but during the summer you should remove them. Replace all warm blankets with nice cool cotton sheets, your dog will love it. You may even want to invest in a doggie rug. Your dog will love sleeping on a nice cool rug during the warmest nights and days.

Water is important during summer. Put down extra water bowls, and make sure they are always filled up. Adding some ice to the water is a good nice, just make sure your doggie does not like chewing the ice. It could break his teeth, and that is not a very pleasant experience.

Bathing your dog in summer is a must. Most dogs do smell about more in the summer so those baths become very important. Look around to see if you can find a good quality dog shampoo with extract of chamomile. Chamomile is great for keeping your dog's coat and skin in condition all year around, but in the summer it helps him to cool down a little bit.

Swimming - if your dog loves swimming you should definitely go for a swim. Just remember that salt water can be drying, so it is best to give him a rinse off in fresh water afterwards.

Insect bites can also be a problem. Dogs can also have severe allergic reactions to insect bites, and insect bites in dogs should always be treated. If you think your doh is experiencing an allergic reaction to a bite, you should visit the vet as soon as possible.

Food - your dog might be off his food a little bit in the summer. If your dog normally eats a lot of dry food, try adding some freshly cooked chicken, or even perhaps a little
low salt tuna.

Some people even invest in a paddling pool for their dogs. It is a great idea if you dog likes water, but my little Yorkie hates water. I find that really strange strange as my previous dogs loved water.

Finally, let your dog enjoy summer as much as you do. Look after each other, and have lots of fun.


Dog Health, Dogs, Dogs In Cars, Dogs Overheating In Cars, Summer

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author avatar Trillionaire
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Great article.

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author avatar AnnieBliss
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Thank you - I love dogs

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