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Break out the pup cups! The summer season is in full swing, and someone turned the heat up to 11! As the temperatures soar this summer, it is SO important to ensure your dog stays safe while having fun. Let’s explore some valuable tips on keeping your dog safe this summer, while talking about some fun activities you both will enjoy. It's time to create unforgettable summer memories!

Summer fun with a Golden Retriever

Beat the Heat! Some tips for keeping your dog cool this summer:

Little Yorkie enjoying a Summer hike
  • Hydration is Key: Just like us, dogs need to stay hydrated in the scorching heat. Always carry a water bottle and a collapsible bowl during your outings, and make sure to offer your dog water regularly.

  • Paw Protection: Pavements and sand can become scorching hot under the summer sun, causing burns on your dog's sensitive paw pads. (My Mickey had this happen to him last summer after a VERY quick potty break outside!) Opt for early morning or late evening walks when the ground is cooler or invest in dog booties to protect their paws.

  • Never Leave Your Dog in the Car: It's a well-known rule, but it's worth emphasizing. Even with windows cracked open, a parked car can become dangerously hot within minutes, risking your dog's health.

  • Create Shade: If you plan to spend time outdoors, ensure there's a shady spot for your dog to rest. Carry a portable, lightweight umbrella or set up a pop-up canopy to provide relief from direct sunlight.

Fun in the Sun! Summer Activities with Your Dog:

  • Backyard Sprinkler Playdate: Most dogs absolutely love playing with sprinklers or water hoses in the backyard! A good game of chase with the water streams will have them jumping and frolicking around like puppies. It's an absolute blast for everyone involved!

Staying cool in a local creek!

  • Puppy Pool Day: Not every dog loves the sprinkler, but most enjoy splashing around in a kiddie pool or a doggy pool in your backyard. It's a great way to relax in the backyard while making sure your pup is staying cool and having fun.

  • Hiking Adventures: Explore nature trails and go on scenic hikes with your canine companion. Choose shaded routes and carry essentials like a first-aid kit and dog-friendly bug repellent. As mentioned earlier, it’s best to do any walk in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are at their coolest.

  • Picnic in the Park: Plan a delightful picnic in a dog-friendly park. Pack some healthy treats for both you and your pup, and enjoy each other's company amidst nature's beauty.

WPP's Chief Treat Officer, Amy, is a Dog Mom who specializes in creating artwork featuring and the people who adore them.

Summer is a fantastic time to create beautiful memories with your furry best friend. Whether you're capturing candid moments through your camera lens or basking in the summer sun, cherish every moment with your sweet pup. The memories you create today will be cherished tomorrow.

So, gear up, embrace the warmth, and stay safe this summer!🐾☀️

Signs of Dog Heatstroke and How to Respond:

Even with precautions, heatstroke can be a risk during the summer. Watch out for these signs in your dog:

  • Heavy panting and drooling

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Weakness or collapsing

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Bright red tongue and gums

If you suspect heatstroke, take immediate action:

  • Move your dog to a cool, shaded area.

  • Offer water to drink but do not force it.

  • Wet their body with cool water (not cold) or use a damp cloth to bring their temperature down.

  • Seek veterinary assistance promptly.

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