June 21 is the Official First Day of Summer! Yippee for sunshine and lots of outdoor playtime with your pet! Did you know that your pet loves to have fun in the summer as much as you? Do you always remember to apply sunscreen whenever you go out in the sun? You need to be protected during these hot days outside and so does your pet.
No, I am NOT suggesting that you cover your kitty or puppy in human sunscreen! Ick, what a mess that would be! But there are some important tips to keep in mind during the hot weather that will keep your pet safe and happy.
- NEVER leave your pet in a hot car! A car heats up much faster than you think and your small animal is wearing a FUR COAT!
- When you take your dog for a walk, try to avoid the hot cement and street asphalt as much as you can. Let your doggy play or walk in some grass as much as you can so they do not burn their paws.
- Make sure your pet has access to water all day. Remember they cannot go to the sink and fill a glass of water like you can.
- For very hot days, freeze a few of your dog’s favorite toys inside a chunk of ice. Then put it in the backyard for him to lick and play with until he gets to the toy. He will love it!
- Run your sprinkler and invite your dog to run through it with you!
- Some breeds may need a special summer-time haircut to keep cool.
- Put ice cubes in your dog’s water bowl. He or she will have fun trying to get it out. Kind of like bobbing for apples!
- Tics and fleas love hot weather so check your pet often if he spends much time outside.
Summer is the perfect time for lying around on the grass with your furry best friend. Have fun and keep your pet involved in all of your outdoor activities!
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.