Feeling The Heat
As much as humans and animals alike love some sun, your dog needs a little bit of extra care at this time of year.
Although warm weather and long walks go hand in hand, your dog’s sensitive paw pads can be scalded by hot pavements. Walking early or late and on the shady side of the street helps, but you could also apply paw wax to prevent the pads from drying and cracking.
Fleas and ticks love the summertime so check for any parasites, particularly when you’ve walked your dog in wooded or grassy areas. Ticks should be removed as soon as possible as they can start transmitting disease within a couple of hours.
Brushing and Bathing
You might imagine a springtime short back and sides would do your dog a favour. But although in theory it makes them cooler, it also removes all their sun protection – and covering your pet with factor 50 is never going to be a fun job.
A good brushing as the weather warms up is a great start, as it removes any build-up of dead hair. Taking your pooch to a professional groomer will mean enough – but not too much – hair is clipped. The close attention that your groomer will give to your pet will also ensure they’ve had a look at ears, paws, nails and skin, and picked up any developing problems before they become serious.