Summer is in full-swing and we know you're aching to get your pet outdoors to explore Humboldt! Whether you're going on a hike, to the beach, or just strolling around town, here are three things to keep in mind while you and your pet have some fun in the sun.
The temperature of the ground may not be something us footwear-clad humans think about when we step out for a day in the sun, but our pets certainly feel the heat of a summer’s asphalt. Be aware that pets can suffer burns on their paws, so make sure to test any ground they will be walking on by touching for several seconds. Cats and dogs also regulate heat through the bottom of their paws, so hot feet can result in overheating. If you know you will be traversing hot lands, try some protective footwear for your pet.
Unfortunately, that shiny coat of fur on your pet does not provide enough protection from overexposure to the sun’s rays. Dogs with shorter or light-colored coats are the most susceptible to burns on the body, while all dogs are vulnerable in more sensitive skin areas such as nose, underbelly, and genitals. Luckily, you can avoid getting sunburned by sticking to shady areas and using vet-approved sunscreen.
Fluid intake is paramount once the heat is on. Your dog’s water levels fluctuate throughout the day, but during the summer, it becomes extra important to make sure they have access to a drinking source. If your dog is panting, it is losing internal moisture to evaporation in exchange for keeping cool. Watch out for signs of dehydration such as excessive panting, loss of skin elasticity, lethargy, dry nose, and sunken eyes. If you’ll be traveling or just out and about, try taking a portable water bowl, so that your dog is never without something to drink.