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Summer Care for Dogs

The dog days of summer are here! While many of our canine buddies love fun summertime activities, like playing Fetch and sniffing new patches of grass, hot weather isn’t always easy on Fido. Here, a Green Bay, WI vet discusses summer care for dogs.

Hydration

Dehydration can be very dangerous—and even deadly—for dogs. Make sure that Fido always has plenty of fresh, clean water. You may want to set out multiple water stations, and/or get him a doggy fountain. Whenever you take your pooch off your property, always bring water along for him. It’s also important to watch for signs of dehydration, such as panting, sunken eyes, a warm back, dark urine, and red or pale gums. If you see any of these symptoms, immediately give your furry pal water, then take him to a cool area and call your vet.

Exercise

Just like people, dogs need exercise to stay healthy. However, on really hot days, you’ll want to schedule walks and puppy playtime for mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler outside. Watch your dog closely when he’s outdoors, and make sure he isn’t getting hot or tired.

Cool Snacks

Want to score some extra tail wags? Offer Fido some doggy ice cream, which you can find in most pet stores. Your pooch may also like some pupsicles, which are basically chew sticks or doggy treats frozen in water or sodium-free broth, using wax paper cups. You can also make homemade doggy treats. Look online for recipes that use dog-safe ingredients.

Grooming

Some dogs will be more comfortable with a cool trim in summer. This isn’t the right choice for every pup, though, so check with your vet before taking Fido to the groomer.

Paw Care

Dogs can get painful burns on their paws by running on hot or harsh surfaces. Paw balm will protect Fido’s furry feet.

Swimming

Many pooches love swimming! Just be careful when taking Fido to the water. If you bring your canine friend to a pool, immediately show him where the exit is. When going to a lake or river, keep your dog away from areas with fast currents, heavy wakes, or steep drop-offs. Most importantly, always supervise your pet closely, and never leave him unattended.

Please contact us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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