How to safely be outside with your pets this summer.
Walk them when the temperature is cooler outside.
You may want to adjust your regular walking schedule so that your dog only goes out when the sun is lower in the sky and less direct. Early in the morning or late afternoon are going to be safer than walking right in the middle of the day. You can always test the pavement with your hand to see if it is too hot for them to walk on.
Provide plenty of water.
If you are planning on having your dog outside for an extended period of time, make sure they have access to fresh, cool water at all times. Bring a travel bowl or water bottle with you for any outdoor excursions away from home.
Make frozen treats.
Dogs love fruit like watermelon, pineapple, and blueberries. You can put a few pieces of these dog-safe foods in the freezer to give them a nice cold treat after spending time outside. You can also find recipes for ‘pupsicles’ using safe ingredients like fruit, peanut butter, or greek yogurt.
Try these pet-approved recipes: 13 Frozen Treats to Make for Your Doggo All Summer Long.
Look for signs of heat exhaustion.
According to the ASPCA’s Hot Weather Safety Tips, some signs that your dog may be overheated include panting excessively, getting lethargic, weak or having trouble breathing. Make sure you supervise your dog’s outside time in the summer so that they stay safe. Dogs with flat faces like French Bulldogs may have more trouble breathing when it is very hot outside.
The dog days of summer are known for being the hottest days of the year. Make sure you remember these tips so that you and your dog can still enjoy your time outside!