We’ve suffered through another Minnesota winter and have made it out alive. Finally we can again enjoy some outdoor time with our dogs! Even though we live in Minnesota where we’re not known for our hot weather, we still need to be mindful of the heat’s effects on our pets.
Read on for some safety tips for dogs in the summer in Minnesota.
1. Walk dogs during cooler times of the day. Your dog would love an early morning or evening walk.
2. Never leave a dog in a car. Even if it is not that warm outside, temperatures in cars can increase rapidly. Either leave your dogs at home or only take them to dog friendly locations where they can come inside with you. Dogs with dark fur are more affected by the heat. Keep dogs in the shade.
3. Walk dogs in the shade. If you must walk your dog on hot days, stick to the shady side of the street.
4. Walk your dogs on the grass. Asphalt can heat up quickly in the sun, so to protect your dog’s paws, let them walk in the grass.
5. Use a kiddie pool. If you have a fenced-in backyard, your dog will appreciate cooling off in a kiddie pool.
6. Keep your dog hydrated. Always make sure dogs’ water bowls are filled. Bring a water bottle on a walk for your dogs, and stop to let them drink.
7. Limit walks for older dogs, overweight dogs, and flat-faced dogs. All of these types of dogs are much more susceptible to heats’ effects.
If you don’t have time to walk your dogs in the summer, or if you don’t like to walk your dogs in the heat, we can help you out! Check out our dog walking services.
What are some other safety tips for pets during the summer?