During the summer
it’s important to take all sorts of precautions not just for ourselves
in the smoldering hot days, but also for our beloved pets. They are our
devoted friends and creatures of affection.
Pets & Summer: A Few Important Considerations
Summer is finally here and while you may be planning out your
adventures for the next few months, if you’re a dog owner, it’s
important to make plans for your dog as well.
- Choose Your Walking Times Wisely
- Avoid walking your dog in the middle of the day if you live in a
very warm climate. Dogs overheat very quickly and so it’s best to stay
out of the mid-day sun, walking them instead either first thing in the
morning or late in the evening.
- If the weather is still warm during this time, you may need to bring a water bottle in case they get thirsty during the walk.
- Don’t leave dog in a car
- If you decide to take your dog out with you, don’t leave it in the
car – even if the window is left open slightly. Cars parked in direct
sunlight can be deathtraps for dogs and can quickly suffer from
heatstroke and dehydration, often in less than ten minutes.
If you need to take your dog with you, do a little research in
advance. Choose shops and businesses that are dog-friendly; that way you
won’t need to risk leaving your dog in the car. As with dog walking in
the summer, always carry some way for your dog. Petcrew make a portable
water bottle that’s especially designed for dogs.Dog Friendly Beaches
Thinking about taking your dog to the beach? Check that the beach is
dog friendly, especially in the summer. Some beaches have different
rules for dogs depending on the season. As with parks and green areas,
you’ll need to clean up after your dog, so make sure you keep a few bags
in your car for such occasions.
Going Away? You Might Need to Get a Pet Sitter
For a lot of people summer time is also vacation time but if you’re a
dog owner it isn’t as easy to get up and go at the drop of a hat – you
need someone to look after your dog while you’re away. If you’re lucky
you will have friends and family who are willing to help you out, but
unfortunately summer time is peak time for vacations meaning that it’s
possible those people are planning a vacation for the same time as you.
Sites like Trusted Housesitters.com allow you to find someone who’ll
pet sit for free. The sitter lives in your home and looks after your dog
and house while you’re away. Alternatively, most cities have boarding
kennels, but for most pet owners this is something they would rather
Jamie Cave is Pet Sitter & Lifelong Dog Lover at “TrustedHousesitters.com”
About The Author: James pet
sits around the world using trustedhousesitters.com. His most recent
pet sitting assignments have taken him to France, Spain, Portugal and