Dog Health Issues – Help Your Dog Enjoy a Hot Summer

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Summer heat requires special care of our pets.

Many of you live north of Florida.  Summer is coming to an end.  But warm weather continues in many parts of the country.

This post applies to anyone who is with their dog when the weather is warm.  Taking care of our dogs in warm weather is always a one of the very important dog health issues. 

We live in Florida and the heat is hard on pets as well as people.  It is best for you and the dog to get your exercise early in the morning or later in the day. The activities will be much more enjoyable when it is cooler.

My dog, Romeo, and I walk in the early morning, sometimes before the sun comes up.  We walk 2.5 to 4.0 miles and the heat and humidity doesn’t bother us too much.

For those times when you are in the heat, you need to take necessary precautions.

Make sure there is plenty of fresh water available at all times.  You can even buy bowls that collapse and are easy to carry on excursions.

Hot pavement is hard on sensitive paw pads. So check the heat of the pavement before you force your dog to walk on it.

Cool down your pet with cool, not cold, water on paws and tummy.  And don’t forget the sunscreen.  Believe it or not, light colored dogs and cats need sun protection, especially on the nose.

People travel more in the summer. Be sure that pets are wearing their tags and emergency contact information at all times.

Your local pet store will have products to keep your pet safe for travel in the car.  Of course, you should never leave your dog or cat in the car without air conditioning.  The car can heat up like an oven in a short time, even on a cloudy day.

When running on the beach or park, use a halter and a long leash.

Don’t forget basic care such as cleaning your dog’s ears regularly, especially after swimming.  Cats shed the most in the summer so spend several minutes a day brushing and combing your kitty.

If it is just too hot outside, have fun with your pet indoors with a new toy or trick.

In the summer, your dog will probably come more in contact with other dogs.  Insects, fleas, and ticks are more prevalent in the summer.  Therefore, it’s important that your pet has a healthy immune system.  The key to a healthy immune system is providing your animal a nutritious, healthy dog or cat food.

Scott Hubbard is a long time pet lover. For the last 40 years, dogs have been a major part of his family.

He has dedicated the last 8 years of his life to finding the best products for pet health. You can reach him directly by calling toll-free 877-878-4036 or by emailing him at ScottHubbard@ProductsForPetHealth.com.

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