June has officially arrived, Cape traffic begins, and the beaches are soon to start buzzing. Summer is here, and need we say more? No dilly dallying this time (we've already waited a whole winter, after all), so without further ado, here are our tips for getting the most out of some Summer waggin', lickin', and lovin'!
It's no secret that New England weather can escalate quickly, so always check the temperature outside. Most dogs are fine to lounge around at home or in the yard, as long as shade is available, but best not to bring your buddy out and about if the temp rises above 85F. Increased activity in hot weather puts your pup at risk of heat stroke, dehydration, and even sunburn if exposed outside without shelter or protection. We also advise against leaving your dog in a hot car, read more about How to Help Dogs Trapped in Hot Cars.
For staying cool, try wetting a bandanna and popping it in the freezer for a few minutes - then tie around your dog's neck for a quick cool down. Alternatively, toys like a Chilly Bone can also be frozen then munched on as a nice cool treat!
Of course aside from the dog days of Summer - when the weather is perfect it's time to go out and play! Monitor activity in the heat, and be aware of your dog's limitations. Breeds with thicker coats, like a Husky or Bernese Mountain Dog, may overheat more easily, as well as breeds with shorter snouts like Pugs may have trouble breathing on hot days.
Remember to hydrate along the way, many stores will put out water bowls for furry friends, but collapsible travel bowls or dog canteens are also an option for an active pet. For the local ocean-obsessed sea dogs, stay safe with a doggie life vest that fits comfortably and securely.
Before a walk, run, or stroll, test the temperature of the pavement. Hold your hand to the ground, and if it is cool enough that you can leave it there for more than a few seconds, then it should be safe for your pet. However, if it is too hot and you must rapidly pull your hand away, it is too hot for your dog's paws. While we wear sandals, sneakers, or socks, dogs only have their paw pads to protect them. Should you notice your dog's paws are dry, rough, or cracked, or if they have been over-exposed to hot asphalt, try a soothing paw cream, balm, or ointment.
Adventure awaits! Keep an eye on your pup, whether at a neighborhood party or simply on the go, new sensations, noises, or distractions can cause a dog to bolt. Take care to know your dog is wearing their tags, or microchipped should an accident happen. Stay watchful around the grill or campfire as well, it's always a possibility for Fido to pick up a burning stick, or a piece of food they shouldn't eat.
When traveling, be prepared with the essentials, such as food, water, and other safety items such as doggie sunscreen, or portable tents to provide shelter. Road trip adventurers may need to consider a seat belt and safety restraint harness for their companion, find out more in our Safe Transportation of Pets blog post.
Just like us, our dogs have awaited the season of good vibes and good times. Nothing beats a game of fetch or frisbee on the beach! By taking care to notice when your dog is tired, thirsty, or anxious over their surroundings, you learn to respond promptly and accordingly. Sometimes Summer fun for us, like fireworks or crowded events, may not be the best entertainment for your pet. Before making plans to bring Fido along, consider that they may prefer the comfort of their bed at home.
Whether your pet is happiest outside or enjoying A/C, we encourage everyone and their best buddy to safely enjoy this Summer season!
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