Dog Summer Safety

By: Victoria Rosa Email
By: Victoria Rosa Email

Even though we may love spending warmer days out with our our four legged friends there are things we should be remember to keep our dogs safe.

The main issues that arise from overheating in summer are dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn...And that's not only for us but for our dogs too.

"Be aware of your dogs skin type. Some dogs, white dogs for example are dogs with pink skin are more sensitive tot the suns light rays, darker dogs, blacks and browns and even dogs with longer hair coats generally have a more protected skin," says Brad Harris, veterinarian at Dothan Animal Hospital.

"If you have a dog that is a light colored dog although hes not going to get as hot in the sun, they are more susceptible to being sun burned," says Sgt. Adrianne Woodruff of Dothan City Animal Shelter.

These little guys need just as much care when it comes to the summer heat as we do. Keeping them out of the sun and hydrated are two of the most important things during the summer months

"When a house pet is outside, chasing a ball or going for a run there's more stress involved there and so you have to be very much aware of that and yes part of what you do with hydration can be a big important factor," says Harris.

"By all means, keep them some shade if your traveling with your pets make sure that you have water on board with you so you can give them lots of water," says Woodruff.

Another problem, leaving your dog in your car. One of the worst things you can do in the summers heat.

"Don't leave your dogs in your cars. Your looking at a 90 degree day which would actually be cool for south Alabama, the inside temperature of a car can reach over 140 degrees," says Woodruff.

"To get out and leave a pet in a vehicle in the middle of the day, in the south during the summer, your taking a huge risk and endangering the life of your pet. Body temperatures in those pets can sky rocket," says Harris.

Some final tips...

"Be aware of problems that you have with breeds, be aware that if you have a house pet, they cant go outside ad chase ball in the middle of the day, shade, water and if possible air movement are key, " says Harris.

You can also use sunscreen for those dogs susceptible to sun burn.
Regular sunscreen and pet options are both available.


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