More and more hotels and Airbnb’s are allowing dogs, which means you have plenty of opportunities to take your furry friend on vacation with you. However, it’s important to remember that dogs can heat up quickly when the sun comes up, quickly turning a beach vacation sour. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to keep your pooch healthy, even in the warmest climates.
Keeping Them Hydrated
Your dog is susceptible to dehydration when the weather gets hot. Because of this, it’s important to know what the signs of dehydration are. If your dog eschews food but can’t get enough water, the dog is dehydrated. Other symptoms include sunken eyes, lethargy, and dry mouth. To prevent this, it’s a good practice to keep plenty of water with you on the road and when you stop for a break, give your pup a water break. Additionally, keep fresh water with you at the park or the beach and see to it that your dog drinks it regularly.
Preventing Sunburn
You don’t want to find out that your dog got sunburn when you notice its pink skin. Instead, you should be proactive. Protect their sensitive ears and nose by applying sunblock 30 minutes prior to going outside. Keep reapplying it according to the directions on the sunblock, and if your dog does get sunburned, give your pooch the same TLC that you’d give yourself in the same position.
Don’t Leave the Dog in the Car
Hot cars and puppies don’t mix. This combination can have tragic consequences for your dog once the temperatures start to soar. Nothing would ruin your vacation faster than injuring your dog in this way. This is such a serious issue that 16 states have laws specifically against leaving dogs in hot cars. When you’re vacationing, make sure that you have a plan in place for times when you must leave your dog behind. It could be that you keep the dog in a crate in your hotel room or put it in the kennel. Doing this ensures that your dog stays safe and healthy even when the temperatures turn unbearable.
For pups, everything is an adventure and each new day is something to be greeted with joy. That’s why it’s so much fun to travel with your dogs. However, if you’re going somewhere warm on vacation, do keep your pup’s health in mind. The heat can affect your dog as negatively as it affects you. Taking steps to prevent injuries keeps you and your pooch on adventure’s trail.