Keeping Your Pooch Happy, Healthy, and Out of the Heat
This time of year, the rising temperatures can keep both you and your pet indoors more than usual. While you may use this time to binge watch Netflix or finish up those projects you never got around to, don’t forget that your pet is also feeling a little stir crazy. Before you head out, however, it’s important to remember that excessive temperatures can be dangerous for dogs if the necessary precautions aren’t taken when the weather heats up.
Summertime Pet Hazards
As you enjoy those lazy, hazy days of summer, make sure you consider the potential hazards your pet faces this time of year. Some summertime pet hazards to be aware of include:
- Ear infections, often caused by trapped water after bathing or swimming
- Heat stroke
- Sunburns and/or burned paw pads
- Near drownings
- Pool chemicals
- Rattlesnakes bites
- Bugs, including fleas and ticks
- Saltwater ingestion
Related Read: 5 Important Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe Around Water
Making Outdoor Time More Comfortable
Outdoor time is good for your pet regardless of the time of year. However, time in the sun isn’t always fun when a large fur coat is involved. To keep your dog active, yet cool:
- Keep him or her hydrated. Make sure you keep water on hand to prevent your dog from getting overheated.
- Seek shade. When outdoors, find areas that offer up a protective canopy from the sun.
- Go for an air-conditioned drive. Most dogs love car rides--but rides in the summer are always better when there’s AC blowing.
- Get wet. Help your dog cool down by spraying him or her with water. You could even let your pooch go for a swim.
- Avoid the heat of the day. Going out early in the morning or later in the evenings is a good way to allow activity without it being during the hottest part of the day.
When Stuck Indoors, Be Prepared
There will be times it’s just too hot to be outside. For times such as these, it helps to have the right items on hand. Not only will it make you both happier, but it could also your home from the damages that are sometimes caused by restless pups.
At Central Pet, our two favorite solutions for bored or destructive pups include Doggy Daycare and sturdy, puzzle chew toys. Doggy Daycare allows your pup to come frolic and play with other canine companions in a safe and temperature-controlled environment. Take a peek at our daycare page to see what we have available near you! If your pet is not the social type, try out some of our favorite durable toy brands to keep them focused and help them burn off that excess energy.
West Paw dog toys offer more than just an indestructible chewing option! They also offer the Tux, Qwizl, and Toppl, which provide hours of engagement and problem-solving strategy to your pup. These toys challenge your pup to release the treats they hold and can be filled with a variety of snacks to fit your pet's diet. The best part is that they come with a lifetime guarantee!
Benebones are another wonderful option for pet owners who need to occupy their pets for longer periods of time. They’re durable, long-lasting chews that come flavored in peanut butter, chicken or bacon. They even offer the Pawplexer, which allows you to insert a bully stick for easy chewing. Not only does this make their treat last longer, but it can help to save your floors from having wet bully stick rubbed across them.
Utilizing these simple options will not only keep your pup occupied but can save your home from the destruction that can be caused by restless paws. Wondering which option is best for your pet? Call or stop in to any of our Tucson or Amado locations to talk to one of our highly trained staff. We’d be happy to discuss your personal situation and help you find the right solution to keep your pup out of the high temps and still happy and healthy!