Pets and their owners love summer. Walking in the sunshine makes anyone and any pet feel great. However, it’s important to remember that many of the rules that apply to humans and the sun also apply to their pets.
These tips are from Dr. Janice Elenbaas, who is the founder of Lucky Dog Cuisine and a veterinary chiropractor. She recommends you keep these things in mind when you’re enjoying the beautiful days of summer with your pet:
1) Prevent painful burns: Just like us, dogs are susceptible to sunburns. They can even burn their paws on the hot asphalt! Make sure your dog has access to shade relief to help prevent these unpleasant summer side effects.
2) Look out for bug trouble: Good weather and lots of outdoor time means more exposure to ticks, as well as bee and hornet stings. Be attentive to any excess itching or sore areas, and be extra careful around unkempt parks and trails.
3) Understand how your dog adapts to warm weather: Different dogs have different allergies, sun sensitivities, and heat capacities. Learn your dog’s preferences before taking it camping or cutting its fur short.
4) Watch out for heat stroke: Signs include difficulty breathing and very heavy panting. Make sure your dog has options for cooling down by providing access to shade, placing fans near a kennel, and adding ice in the water bowl. And of course, never leave your dog in the car!
5) Health from the inside out: We all love the summer, and so do molds, fungi and other allergens and toxins. Consider a detox for your dog this season by avoiding pesticides on your lawn, opting for natural and chemical-free soaps and choosing a whole food-based dog food like Lucky Dog Cuisine.
Pets are great companions, and most of them are loved as family. Take care of them and they’ll be your healthy friends for many years to come.