Hydration is Key: Bring water for both you and your dog to stay hydrated during walks, especially on hot days.
Avoid Hot Pavement: Asphalt can get scorching in the summer, so walk your dog on grassy areas to protect their paws from burns.
Time Wisely: Walk your dog during cooler parts of the day, like early morning or late evening, to prevent overheating.
Watch for Signs of Heat Stress: Keep an eye out for heavy panting, excessive drooling, or lethargy – signs that your dog might be too hot.
Use Sun Protection: Apply pet-friendly sunscreen to dogs with light-colored fur or exposed skin to prevent sunburn.
Beware of Overexertion: Dogs can overexert themselves in the heat. Take breaks and don't push them too hard.
Mind the Breeds: Some breeds handle heat better than others. Brachycephalic breeds like Bulldogs need extra caution.
Provide Cooling Breaks: Allow your dog to rest in shaded areas and consider carrying a portable water bowl for quick hydration breaks.
Check Walking Surface: Before heading out, touch the pavement with your hand. If it's too hot to touch, it's too hot for your dog's paws.
Ticks and Fleas: Summer increases the chances of encountering ticks and fleas. Use appropriate preventatives and check your dog after walks.