Caring for Your Dog through End of Summer

We might only have a few weeks of summer left, (sorry, we said it!) but temperatures aren’t going to cooling off for at least another month or two.Caring for Your Dog through End of Summer

Although August indicates the end of summer as a season, we still need to recognize that hot fall temperatures are still dangerous for dogs.

Here are some things to keep in mind as we ease into the fall season in order to keep your golden cool and comfortable.

Avoid Sunburn

Did you know that your dog can get bad sunburn, just as humans can? White, light-colored and thin coated dogs, such as goldens, are at-risk for sunburn. If your dog does get sunburned, it can result in pain, itching, redness and swelling, the same symptoms we experience. If you’re going to be outside for the day with your dog, pick up some dog-friendly sunscreen which is specifically formulated for pets. If there’s a waterproof option available, go with it!

Be Aware of Foot Pads

Remember that your golden’s paw pads are sensitive: even though they might run around the house on them, they won’t stand a chance next to extreme heat. The pavement has been soaking up the sun which can result in serious and painful burns to a dog’s paws. If you’re going for a walk in the middle of the day, avoid walking on pavement or concrete. If you can’t wait until dusk when the pavement has typically cooled down.

Keep Filling Water Bowls

Your dog needs to consume extra water in the summer, because they are often sweating more just as we are. Make sure your golden has access to cool, fresh water, especially when you’re away from the house for a significant amount of time.

Know the Limits

If you notice your dog is sweating a lot, panting, and looking lethargic, find a cool and shady spot to rest with them. Don’t push your dog if they look like they can’t handle more physical activity or seem to be struggling through it. Keep an eye on them when playing in the heat and follow your instincts about when it’s time to call it a day.

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