Summer Safety: Importance Of Water For Dogs
Summer is a great time to enjoy the beautiful hot weather outdoors with your pet. Unless of course you have a pug like Kilo who can easily overheat and only likes to look at water.
Summer safety is very important for both you and your pet. When exercising outdoors one must take precautions not to get overheated, burned or dehydrated.
Today, as a part of Blog Paw’s #PetSafety and Pet Hydration Month, we would like to share some tips, information and inspiration for keeping fit, happy and healthy in July.
Sadly thousands of pets die or are injured each year from drowning accidents, high temperatures, dehydration, sunburn, hot pavement, hot cars, riptides, sharp objects in the water, and even jellyfish.
Drink Lots of Water
Water is a very important part of your dog’s daily requirements and overall nutrition. Water is the main component of healthy, living cells of a dog’s body- approximately 80%. Ideally, pets should drink about 1-ounce of water per pound of body weight.
Make sure you have fresh clean water available for your dog at all times and something to drink it out of.
Kilo also loves my frozen ice treats, smoothies and homemade broth with his kibble.
Our friends at This Pug Life have a PetSafe Pet Fountain review and giveaway running for US Residents this week.
Dogs can not cool off as easily as humans. Keep your dog out of the hot sun, a hot car or any hot space.
It is easy for squishy face breeds like pugs to overheat. Look for signs like excessive panting and sweating paws.
Try to exercise early or late. Avoid the heat of the day.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion.
Water to drink and rinse in (cool not too cold), cooling mats, fans and air con can be great ways to cool down quickly.
See Summer Safety Tips From Blog Paws Manager Robbi Hess
H2O Is The Way To Go!
Water can be your best friend when it comes to beating the heat. this summer. Whether you stay in the city or head to a beach or a cottage for a lake-side getaway, there are tons of fun water activities you can do with your dog to stay fit and keep cool.
Swimming is great exercise and great for cooling down. Not all dogs know how to swim. Make sure you introduce your dog to water gradually and teach them to swim if necessary. Some breeds like Kilo the Pug may need a life jacket.
Dock Diving is also a great way to keep your dog active and cool. Some facilities also offer indoor classes too for those really hot and dangerous days! When it comes to Dock Diving, the Ultimate Air Dogs Canada Dock Diving team knows how to really fly. The dogs seemed to absolutely love it and they all looked very fit. Dock Diving is a great workout that combines chasing, jumping and catching with swimming.
BONUS TIP: A freshwater rinse immediately after the beach will help keep your dog’s coat and skin healthy!
Our Pals Sweetie, Shivers, and Lulu love hitting the splash park to stay cool.
Walks by Water
Although Kilo isn’t much of a swimmer, we love looking at water to relax so we enjoy walks down by the Toronto Waterfront or at a local dog park with water access like Cherry Beach in Toronto.
Other Cool Activities
If your dog also isn’t into water activities, try learning a new trick to keep them stimulated and active.
Just always remember to keep them hydrated too.
Here’s some inspiration sent to us this week from our friends on Facebook.
Jasmine knows about 100 different tricks/ behaviors and loves working for treats just like Kilo.
Lilly and Daisy show off their amazing dog tricks
Mia Millionaire Shows 5 winning tricks
BONUS! This one from MJ The Beagle keeping cool was just too cute not to share.
Share your dogs fun trick videos and water tips and activities with us to be included!