It’s that time of year again. The dog days of summer are upon us. This means heat, humidity, and yes, dehydration. There are several items to keep in mind for proper pet care in the scorching summer months.
Water. It’s no wonder why it’s a huge component of a healthy dog diet, such as the BARF diet. Fresh water must be given to your dog throughout the year but it’s especially important in the summer. Renew the water frequently and continuously monitor your dog’s water consumption. Watch your dog’s food consumption too and don’t be alarmed in the summer months if he does not eat as much as normal. While your dog’s diet should remain the same, encompassing healthy food which is not processed, you’ll notice he probably won’t eat as much as he normally does. This is fine. Note: humans don’t eat as much during summer months either! It’s natural.
As far as your dog’s exposure to the sun and heat, when you’re outside try to be in a shaded area. While dogs enjoy basking in the sun, if you’re in your backyard or a park for instance, seek out a shaded area. Plus, when walking your dog be sure to do it early in the morning or at night. A dog walk during the middle of the day isn’t convenient for your dog (or for you for that matter).
Another topic to be aware of is when your dog is in your car. If you need to stop at the grocery store or run other errands and your dog remains in your car, be very careful. Your car should be parked in the shade and fresh air should be circulating. The heat inside a car could be unbearable. As for the horrible consequences? Your dog could experience a sunstroke or other ailments. Please be responsible when bringing your dog in your car during the summer months. (Click here for more information about traveling with your pet.)
On that note, for a refreshing change, most dogs enjoy swimming in lakes. If you own a pool you may be tempted for your swimming dog to take a little dip in the pool. A few items for you to remember when dog swimming is to dry off your dog immediately after the swim. And if there are other swimmers, you’ll just want to ensure your dog isn’t interfering with them and vice versa.
After all, nothing’s more important than your pet’s nutrition. For more information about hot days and safety for your dog click here!