Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tips for relief from the dog days of summer

Via PRWeb - The hot days of summer can make everyone uncomfortable, especially our canine family members. Canine Company offers a few recommendations to help your dog cope with the intense summer weather conditions.

Water is essential!
  • It is extremely important to allow your dog’s constant access to water to stay hydrated. 
  • Set up a kiddy pool for your dog to bathe in. It’s best to place the pool in the shade to keep the water at a comfortable temperature. 
  • Give your dog a bath on a particularly hot sunny day. Just like us, being splashed with cold water is shocking; so check the water to see if it’s a comfortable temperature before beginning. 
  • Bathing provides multiple benefits besides cooling off your dog. Using a gentle dog shampoo, you can remove excess oils and any dirt without drying out the skin. 

Mind the duration of activities and time spent outdoors. 
  • In the heat of the summer, a dog’s physical limitations will change, making walks more demanding.
  • Change the timing of physical activity to the coolest parts of the day - the early morning or late evening. Walks in the intense heat could easily lead to heat stroke. 
  • Avoid pavement as much as possible. The pads of your dog’s feet are sensitive. 
  • Use protective cream to provide a shield against hot pavement, sand and salt. 

Summer coat maintenance is key.
  • Make combing a regular habit to thin out thick coats. Build it into a routine part of your day. Not only does combing provide relief by removing excess fur but it also leaves your dog’s coat looking clean and burnished. 
  • If your dog has a long coat, it might be a good idea to trim it. Trimming hair will provide relief by allowing excessive heat to leave the body. 
  • Be careful not to leave your dog with too little fur. Your dog’s fur protects them against the sun's intense rays and traps cool air close to the body. 
  • Not all fur is created equal. Dogs with short hair often have exposed spots of skin, allowing the opportunity for sunburn. Rub a little pet friendly sunscreen on the bridge of the nose, tips of the ears and belly. 

Consider the nature of your errands and the temperature outside.
  • Don't leave your dog in the car for any amount of time, even with the windows cracked. On an 85 degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows cracked can reach 110 degrees in 10 minutes. 
  • If you can’t bring your companion in the store, it’s best to leave him at home in a cool area. 
  • If you notice a dog in an unoccupied car, report it! 
  • In general, look out for signs of heat stress, including excessive panting, heart rate, unsteadiness, deep red or purple tongue, and vomiting or diarrhea. 
  • If your dog is not coping well in the heat, seek professional veterinary help immediately.


  1. Excellent information Bunny. Would you believe M won't even let me out on a leash while it's so hot?

  2. We agree excellent info. Have a tremendous Thursday and we shall all stay cool.
    Best wishes Molly