Being a pet owner is pretty much a part of Lake Travis culture. From pet-friendly hiking trails and multiple dog parks, there’s always a place for you and Fido to explore.
Summer is right around the corner in the Lake Travis area. And it’s going to get hot outside. Dang hot. As a fellow owner of two furry canine friends, I wanted to pass on some reminders for my fellow Lake Travis pet owners as it heats up.
A day doesn’t go by that our dogs aren’t happy to see us. The least we can do is show a little love by helping them stay cool on a hot day.
Here are a few tips to help your dogs stay cool in the Texas heat:
If your dogs are outside for an extended period of time, be sure and provide them with a shady spot. A small swimming pool filled with ice is a great way to keep your pups cool. Dog houses actually trap heat, so you’re better off providing an open space with a shady option.
A covered patio, especially one with a ceiling fan to circulate the air, is a great way to keep your dogs cool.
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are more prevalent during the summer months. Be sure and treat your dogs to prevent heart-worm and a nasty flea infestation.
If your dogs like going for car rides on a hot day, they can stay cool by sticking their heads out the window — as long as you’re okay with a bunch of slobber running down the side of your car. If you’re running the AC, make sure the part of your car that your dogs are hanging out in is getting enough air to stay cool.
A parked car is a different story. Never ever leave your dogs unattended in a vehicle. Your parked car can easily reach 120 degrees in no time. Heatstroke and death can occur within minutes in hot temperatures.
If you happen to be in a situation that you’re hanging out with your dogs in a parked car that isn’t running, you can put up a window shade and some ice packs in their crate. You can also mist them down with a spray bottle to help keep cool. Be sure and provide plenty of fresh, cold water and a bowl.
Exercising in the Heat
When your dogs aren’t getting proper exercise, they will let you know by eating your favorite pair of shoes or the living room sofa. Getting out for a walk during the peak of summer heat can be a challenge.
Avoid prolonged exposure to hot streets and sidewalks which can burn your pooches paws. Try taking your walks in the early mornings or evenings when the heat is less intense. Finding a grassy field to run on is another option.
Water Activity Tips
We apply sunscreen when we head to the lake or swimming pool for a cool down. What about our doggies? Dogs with short hair, white fur or pink skin can actually sunburn. Try a little dab of sunscreen to their ears and nose to help out.
If you and your dogs head down to the Texas coast for a swim in the ocean, be sure and rinse them off with some fresh water after swimming so the salt water doesn’t damage their coat. Also, provide plenty of fresh water so they’re not tempted to drink the salt water which can make them sick.
Most dogs are naturally good swimmers, but never force your dogs by throwing them in the water. Let them start in shallow water and work their way in at their own pace.
Do you have any summer tips for dog owners?
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