Summer is upon us and while we cannot wait to jump into the lake, pool, or stream to stay cool, lets not forget about your best friend. Whether you are driving, swimming, basking in the sun our dogs need special care, and we cannot forget that they too get over heated.
It is always better to exercise you dog early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is at its lowest. If you do need to exercise your pet during the hot hours always have water and a few treats to give them. The Portable Food/Tote is made just for that as well as travel. If the pavement is too hot try dog booties. Remember you would not like to walk bare foot on that hot pavement and neither do they.
It is always important to watch for signs that your pet may be dehydrated. Dogs do not sweat, and they cool themselves by panting. Signs of dehydration are lethargic behavior, drooling excessively, bloodshot eyes. You may also want to look at their skin. Lift it up and if it doesn't fall right back into place that is a sign of dehydration. Keeping a dog dish in your car or backpack is a great idea. The Redhead Collapsible Dog Dish can be stored neatly in your glove compartment until it is needed.
Remember that overweight dogs are always higher risk for dehydration and that a darker coat dog will soak up more heat than a lighter coat dog. When out in a park or beach look for a shaded spot. At home have a fan going, or keep them in a cool part of your home. Many people love to spray their dogs when it is hot. That is great, but always make sure you spray their paws and under their stomach as well. Dogs cool from the bottom up.
Many dogs will dig, not always because they are bored but as a way to keep cool. Dogs will know instinctively that the weather is too hot. They won't walk as long or they won't want to walk at all.
Going on the boat? This is exciting for you and your pet. If your pet is not used to swimming and is hesitant of the water, consider the Bass Pro Shops Life Jacket for Dogs. It comes in sizes XS to XL. The heat can bother the skin on your dog, whether from bug bites or dry skin. Take a look at the Pro Sense Itch Relief Hydrocortisone Spray. Perfect to keep in a backpack or in the car for just the right time. Non stinging spray!
Keep your dog groomed during the summer months to help them stay cool and comfortable. Bass Pro Shops has a variety of de shedding tools that will help you in this category. Try the Redhead Shedding Blade or the FurGOpet Deshedder .
Finally, here are a few easy ideas that will be fun for your friend and easy for you to do. Get a bowl (plastic) and fill it with water, chicken, vegetable or beef broth along with some treats and a toy. FREEZE ! Once you pop it out watch your buddy go crazy trying to get their toy or biscuits free. Great way to stay hydrated and fun for them.
Another great idea is to blend plain yogurt, some peanut butter, and a mashed banana together. Put it in a Dixie cup with a milk bone biscuit in the middle of the cup. FREEZE! Can you say pupsicle!
Most important have fun this summer and enjoy your best friend. They just want to spend time with you. Feel free to visit www.basspro.com for additional items just for your dog.
R. Piedmonte - Events Coordinator