Dos and Don’ts to keep your pup cool for Summer 2020
It’s getting hot in here, so let’s protect those paws. We all know how hot it can get in the summer time, especially in Miami. The daily temperature in Miami is above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Now imagine wearing a thick winter coat in this heat. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat & they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads. It’s crucial to be aware of your pup and its safety. Here’s a list of dos and don’ts to protect your fully loved ones from this Miami sun.
|Provide plenty of fresh clean water daily for your pup||Never shave your pup, they get sun- burnt too|
|Protect those paws||Don’t leave your pup in a hot car|
|Check for symptoms of overheating, excessive panting, drooling, restlessness, dry mucous membranes, increased heart rate||Avoid too much play outdoors, they can over heat|
|Speak with your vet about preventive medications for ﬂeas, tricks & mosquitos.||Don’t let your pup linger on hot asphalt|
|Keep your eye on the humidity, when the air is full of moisture your pup may not be able to pant enough to cool himself oﬀ.||Don’t go for walks between 12:00pm-3:00pm|
Here’s a few steps to help when your pup does get affected by the heat. Invest in a cooling mat, it’s a great way to keep your pup refreshed when tanning outside. Incase those paws do get a little burnt apply paw soother on them to sooth, moisturize and heal. Another option to avoid sunburned paws is to purchase dog booties, they help protect paws against hot summer pavement. Make sure to carry a portable water bowl for your pet so they stay hydrated. If they get too hot ﬁnd a cool shady area to hang out for a few minutes. Once their panting has decreased it’s time to end the walk and take them home. If your home has a backyard be sure to have a shady area or you can purchase a dog tent. A great idea is a kiddy pool for them to cool oﬀ in. If your pup’s hair is short, be sure to use dog sunscreen to protect them from pain & discomfort. Avoid human sunscreen, some ingredients are toxic to dogs including zinc oxide. An alternative to dog sunscreen is dog friendly sun protection apparel. If your pup does get sunburned you can apply pet safe aloe vera.
Or you can just bring them to The Paw Pack 😉 were we’ve got you covered from head to tail. To make you feel more comfortable everyone on the The Paw Pack team is certified in CPR and First Aid just in case.
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