With a few hot days behind us, there is still some blistering hot weather ahead. And while summer time means carefree fun for families, spare a thought for man’s best friend.
Debbie Harrison, founder of BestDressedPets.com.au, explains that during the Summer we have to do to the thinking for our pets. “If we’re distressed by the heat, there’s a good chance your Pup needs some attention too. Certain breeds are more susceptible to heat stroke and dehydration, so follow a few common sense rules to avoid any serious danger this Summer,” says Debbie Harrison.
Tips for caring for your pets this summer:
• Dress Light: If dressing your pup, ensure clothes are a loose fit in summer. For thinned haired dogs, dress lightly and wear cap to prevent sunburn;
• Cool Down: The best way to protect your pet on a hot sunny day is to dress it up with cool bandanas, wet the bandanna and put around their neck;
• Slip, Slop, Slap: Skin cancer is the most common cancer among dogs, and putting a shirt on them to block harmful UV rays can help reduce their risk and apply sunscreen for noses and ears, at least SPF10;
• Well Timed Exercise: Keep exercise to a minimum, but if you do go for a walk, avoid going between 10am and 4pm which is the hottest period of the day;
• Splash Time: Regularly cool your dog by pouring some water on his belly, chest, and paws. Portable, shallow splash pools are can provide a nice relief from the heat;
• Paws Up: Avoid taking him on sidewalks, paved roads, rocky areas and beach sand these surfaces heat quickly and can burn sensitive paws;
• Lap it Up: Give your dog extra water throughout the day and keep his bowl full;
• Shady Spaces: If your dog is an outdoor pet, ensure you have plenty of covered, shady places for him to rest.
Best Dressed Pets stocks a range of protective bandanas and T-shirts as well as water bowls and carry cases. To view the selection of unique pet apparel, visit www.bestdressedpets.com.au