Summer is almost here. It's time to start planning the adventures. If you have a family dog, it will probably be participating in some of those adventures right along beside you. While you're protecting yourself against the sun, don't forget about your canine family member. The sun can cause just as much harm to your dog as it can to you. Here are four simple tips that will protect your dog from the sun.
Carry Extra Water
If you're going to be heading out for a day in the sun, don't forget about hydration. While you're packing water for you and your family, be sure to add some extra for your dog. Not sure how to provide water for your dog while you're on the go? Bring along a collapsible camping cup. You can pour water into the cup for your dog, and then close it back up when you're done. It's a good idea to give your dog a drink of water each time you grab a drink.
Bring on the Shades
You might not realize this, but the sun can wreak havoc on your dog's eyes. To protect your dog from UV damage, grab a pair of canine sunglasses from the local pet supply store. If you have a hard time keeping the glasses on your dog's face, purchase a canine headband. The headband fits on your dog's head and holds the glasses securely in place. You'll be able to have fun with your dog without worrying about its glasses falling off.
Add the Skin Protection
While your dog is outside, it's in danger of sunburn. Even if your dog has long hair, there are still areas that are exposed to the sun. Before you head out with your canine family member, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to its exposed skin, especially its nose, belly, and inner ears. If your dog has short hair, place the sunscreen in your hands and then rub your hands over your dog's body.
Keep It Cool
When you start to get hot while you're outside, chances are good that your dog is too. Bring along a bandanna and an old t-shirt. When it starts getting hot, soak both items in cool water. Tie the bandanna around your dog's neck, and put the wet t-shirt on your dog. Be sure to choose a t-shirt size that will fit your dog without dragging on the ground.
If your dog is going to join you on your summer adventures, use the tips provided here to protect it from the sun. If your dog gets sick from spending too much time in the sun, contact your local animal hospital as soon as possible.