Summer-Safety-Tips Julius-K9 LLC

Summer Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips


Summer is finally here, which means going to the beach, enjoying the sun, and adventuring with your dog! While having a splendid time with him, you should also ensure that he is safe, so here are summer safety tips.

  1. Water and shade

Make sure that you provide plenty of water for your dog because dehydration in dogs is common during hot weather. Many dogs love to sunbathe but letting them be exposed to direct sunlight for a long time can cause them to overheat, which can lead to heatstroke.

  1. Do not leave them unattended near a pool

Not all dogs are good swimmers. There have been countless situations where a dog fell in the pool and couldn’t get out. Luckily, the owner was home and was able to rescue them.

  1. Never leave your dog in the car

There are types of cars that can have the air conditioner on while you are away, which can keep the car at a certain temperature. But vehicles that are not able to do this can cause your car to heat up and lead to your dog overheating. Did you know that 31 states have laws that prohibit leaving an animal in a confined vehicle under dangerous conditions?

  1. Protect your dog’s paws

If the ground is hot for you then it is likely that it’s too hot for your dog to walk on so, take him on a walk early in the morning and late in the evening.

  1. Brachycephalic dog breeds

Short-faced dogs don’t take heat very well, they have a hard time exchanging hot air for cool air, making them more likely to overheat. For hot summer days, we recommend our IDC® Powair summer harness for all types of dogs, which is a super light version of the original design. Don't be afraid to get it wet if you would like to cool down your dog, because this harness is suitable for doing so!

  1. Know the signs of overheating
  • Excessive panting
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • Excessive drooling
  • Temperature above 101.5°
  • Raspy breathing
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

What to do if your dog overheats?

  • Reduce their temperature- Place cool wet towels between their hind legs, under the armpits, and over the neck. It is also a wise idea to wet the earflaps as well as their paw pads with cool water. Don’t throw them immediately in cold water or give them ice to eat because it will shock their system.
  • Give them fresh water- If your dog refuses to drink DO NOT force water into his mouth, instead wet his tongue with water.
  • Take him to a vet asap- Make sure to call ahead so the veterinarians can prepare to treat your furry friend.

Everyone should enjoy the summer and the warm weather but the best way we can do that is to look after our dog. Their health and happiness is our responsibility so, take care of your pooch!