Summertime Dog Safety Tips

Posted by on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 9:01pm.

Dogs, just like humans, need to make a transition from the springtime weather to the hotter days of summer. During these changeable conditions there are a few tips that you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to your doggie and his comfort.

It's time for shedding

The spring season was a bit delayed this year and you may just find that your dog’s shedding habits were delayed as well. If your dog is still shedding now, make sure that you give him a brushing every day to help prevent tangles from forming. When a dog is shedding mats can easily form as the fur falls out.

Ditch the sweaters and jackets

Even though the weather is warm outside, you'll still see some people putting a light sweater or jacket on their dog. Remember that a dog can quickly get overheated and when he's walking in the warm temperature he doesn't care how good he looks. He's trying to stay comfortable and any clothing during the warmer days can quickly lead to an overheated pet.

Bring along a water bottle

During the springtime it was easy to handle your dog's thirst on walks especially with all of the snow still melting. Fortunately we're past that point but you'll need to remember to bring along some drinking water for your pet if you plan on being out for longer than 20 minutes to half an hour.

Adjust the exercise habits

If you haven't been getting out as much as usual due to the extreme winter and long spring that we've had, your dog has probably been less active than usual as well. Break into the new summer season with ease. Your dog may have gained weight during the winter so he may need to ease into his outdoor exercise routine gradually.

Dogs can get allergies too

Some dogs can get allergies just like humans. Common allergy symptoms in dogs include sneezing, coughing, itchy and flaky skin or a coat that looks oily. Dogs can be allergic to tulips, dust, dandelions, flowering trees and even certain types of insects. If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from allergies you should contact your veterinarian.

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