Tips for Taking Care of your Fur Friends During the Summer

Hi there Hokies, Dottie again!

The temperatures are really heating up now that summer is here, and I'm sure you and your animals are spending a lot of time outdoors. I wanted to share some important facts and tips on how to take the best care of your animals during the summer months. 


1. Make sure they have plenty of water 

Dehydration is one of the most common side effects of being in the heat for animals. Some of the symptoms of dehydration include panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, and wobbly legs. 

2. Don't shave your pet 

Their fur actually helps to keep them cool in hotter temperatures. It is good to brush their fur regularly though. 

3. Mind your walking times 

Try to walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when it isn't as hot outside.

4. Keep their paws off hot surfaces 

Their paws can actually burn on hot surfaces like cement or asphalt.

5.  Make sure they are given their flea and tick medicine

Ask your vet what is best for your pet.

6. Avoid taking your dog around any firework celebrations 

The loud sounds can trigger their nervous systems and cause them to become anxious or afraid.

7. Never leave your pet in a vehicle 

Even at 70 degrees on a sunny day, the temperature inside a car can reach 104 degrees in just 30 minutes.

8. Use sunscreen on their nose or less hairy areas

Sunscreen for dogs-

9. Make sure your pet has access to shade if outside

Without shade, your fur friends can overheat especially if they are on concrete. 

10. Spend plenty of time with your fur friend! 

I hope you and your fur friends are having a great start of summer, and if you take your dog into the water, you may even want to consider a doggy life jacket! 

Until next time,

xoxo Dottie

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