Everyone loves being outside on warm summer days, and this includes your family pets! However, warm weather poses dangers that do not occur when the weather is chilly (like dehydration, heatstroke, and sunburn). Here are some ways to prevent your pet from overheating and becoming dehydrated during the summer months:
- When your pet is outside, he or she always needs access to fresh drinking water. Animals can dehydrate very quickly which can lead to heat stroke. If you and your pet are hanging out in your yard, be sure to bring out your dog’s water bowl, and continually re-fill it to be sure your dog never gets dehydrated. You can also add ice to make sure the water is nice and cold for your pup.
- If you are going for a walk with your dog, bring the Porta Le Bistro Pet Waterer with your. This is a great portable waterer that has a hook that can attach to your leash, belt loop, or backpack if you are hiking. You can buy the Porta Le Bistro Pet Waterer in a small or medium size, depending on the length of your outdoor excursions.
- Never, ever, EVER leave your dog in the car in the summer. A car is like a furnace and can heat up incredibly fast. Even leaving the windows open does not prevent the car from rapidly heating up. Not only can leaving your dog in a car dehydrate him to the point of heatstroke, but it can lead to death.
- If you are taking your dog with you on a car ride, be sure to take the Road Refresher Dog Bowl, pictured above. The Road Refresher Dog Bowl can hold up to 54 ounces of water, but will only allow a small amount of water to be in the reservoir at once. It is specifically designed to never spill, which will allow your dog to drink water while you are driving. You won’t ever have to pull over to give your dog water!
- Pay special attention to your dog when he is around pools. Many dogs are not naturally good swimmers, and falling into a pool can pose problems for your dog. Never let your dog drink from a pool, the chlorine and chemicals can cause terrible stomach problems for your dog. Be sure you provide your dog with fresh water to prevent him from drinking from pools.