Hey there, fellow dog enthusiasts! Summer is here, and that means it's time to bask in the sun and embark on some paws-itively awesome walks with your furry friend. But hold your leash! Walking your dog in sizzling hot weather comes with its fair share of challenges. Fear not, for we've got you covered with a lighthearted guide on avoiding the dangers of the heat for both your pup and you. So, grab your shades, a bottle of water, and let's dive into some cool tips!
Dangers to Dogs:
- Heatstroke: Dogs and heat don't exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly. Our furry pals can't regulate their temperature as efficiently as we can, making them more susceptible to heatstroke. Unlike humans, dogs can't sweat through their skin and so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool. Imagine wearing a thick winter coat on a hot summer's day and you'll understand why dogs succumb to heatstroke so easily.
Keep an eye out for excessive panting, drooling, and signs of weakness. Remember, we want them wagging their tails, not feeling like a melted ice cream cone!
- Paw Pad Burns: Picture this: your pup strutting like a supermodel down the street, but the pavement feels like hot lava on their paws. Pavement, like asphalt or artificial grass, can become incredibly hot and cause discomfort, blisters, and burn a dog's paw pads. Ouch!
Protect those precious pads from blistering burns by staying away from scorching surfaces or investing in some snazzy doggy boots. Stylish and functional? Talk about a win-win!
- Dehydration: Just like us, dogs need to stay hydrated to keep their cool. Dehydration can lead to some serious health issues, and that's no fun for anyone. Dogs cool themselves by hanging their tongue. The panting helps them to bring their body back to normal temperature. From a canine body language perspective, when the dog experiences stress due to dehydration, the dog may exhibit “shovel tongue.” Shovel tongue occurs when the dog’s tongue hangs out of its mouth, becomes elongated and curls up at the bottom. See the picture to this blog for a really good example!
So, let's make sure they have access to fresh water and take regular water breaks during your summer escapades. Happy doggy, happy life!
If you are walking your dog, make certain to take care of yourself, as well! Otherwise, a stranger may end up completing your dog walk for you! Here are some of the things you may want to consider for your hydration.
Dangers to the Dog Walker:
- Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke: Turns out, we're not immune to the wrath of summer heat either. If we don't stay hydrated and listen to our bodies, we can end up feeling like a soggy towel. Keep those water bottles handy, watch for symptoms like dizziness and fatigue, and remember to take it easy. We're in this together!
- Sunburn: Ah, the warm caress of the sun on our skin. But wait! Too much sun can leave us resembling a tomato at a garden party. Protect your skin from those UV rays by slapping on some sunscreen, sporting a stylish hat, and rockin' those cool shades. Embrace the sun safely, my friends!
But, all is not lost. You can still get your exercise! Just bring along some cool refreshing water when you leave your home!
Importance of Water:
- For Dogs: Woof woof, hydration station! Bring water just for your dog to drink on your walks. You will be the hero your pup deserves by giving them regular water breaks. Trust us, a happy, hydrated doggo equals a tail-wagging good time!
- For Humans: Don't forget about your own well-being, dear humans. Carry a water bottle for yourself and sip away to beat that summer heat. After all, taking care of yourself means you can take care of your four-legged friend even better!
Yes. We know…you just can’t stop walking your dog when it is scorching outside! Your dog needs exercise, right? Try these tips to avoid any dehydration issues.
Tips for Avoiding Dangers:
- Plan Walks Strategically: Let's be smart about timing. Avoid the blazing hot hours and take your walks during cooler times of the day, like the early morning or late evening. Trust us, you'll both appreciate the refreshing breeze!
- Seek Shaded Routes: Mother Nature has our backs with some built-in AC. Look for walking paths with plenty of shade, like tree-lined streets or parks with leafy havens. It's like finding an oasis in a desert of heat!
- Use Protective Gear: Want to pamper your pup's paws? Consider some doggy boots to shield them from sizzling surfaces. And hey, don't forget to lather up your pup's exposed areas with pet-friendly sunscreen. For yourself, throw on a fashionable hat and rock that summertime style!
- Shorter Walks: When the sun turns up the heat, keep your walks short and sweet. Take frequent breaks in the shade, let your pup chill out, and keep a close eye on any signs of overheating. Remember, it's about the journey, not breaking a sweat!
- Shorten the time it takes to give your dog water: It typically takes 10-12 minutes to stop and give your dog water on a walk. That time may seem like an eternity when the air is heating up your lungs and your dog is showing off is new dance, the “Hot Foot!” Look for ways to speed up the watering process so you both can continue your walk and get home where the air is cool.
The quickest way to give your dog water is by simply pressing a button! That is what happens with the Hydro Leash! The Hydro Leash is an all in one leash that contains a watering system that delivers water to your dog’s mouth by simply moving your thumb. It only takes you a few short minutes to hydrate your dog and the two of your are on your way. You can find out more about the Hydro Leash at www.thehydroleash.com.
Walking your dog in scorching heat can be a challenge, but with a little preparation and a dash of common sense, you can conquer those summertime obstacles like a pro. By understanding the risks of heatstroke, paw pad burns, and dehydration, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure for both you and your four-legged companion. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and remember to enjoy the magic of summer walks together. Happy tail wagging!