Summer Dog Walking Tips Every Pet Owner Should Know

Summer in Australia is a time of fun, sun, and long walks with your furry best friend! But as the mercury rises, it’s crucial to make sure your dog’s exercise routine prioritises their safety and wellbeing.

So, here are some paw-some tips every pet owner should know for those sunny summer strolls!

1.   Beat the Heat

Timing is everything. During summer in Australia, the midday sun can be too harsh for you and your pup. Aim to walk your furry pal in the early morning or later in the evening when the temperature is cooler. This way, you both can enjoy your walk without the risk of overheating.

2.   Hydration Station

Water is your dog’s best friend during summer walks. Always carry a portable, dog-friendly water bottle or bowl. Frequent water breaks are essential (especially on longer walks), to keep your dog hydrated and prevent heatstroke.

3.   Paw Protection

Those toasty pavements can be tough on your dog’s paws. Before setting off on your trek, touch the ground with the back of your hand. If it’s too hot to hold your hand there for more than a few seconds, it’s definitely too hot for your dog. For a more enjoyable walk for your pup, opt for grassy or shaded paths, or consider doggy booties to protect those precious paws.

4.   Sunscreen = Sun Safety

Yes, dogs need sunscreen too! Particularly for dogs with short fur, light-coloured noses, or those prone to skin issues. Apply pet-safe sunscreen (NOT human sunscreen!) to exposed areas like the nose and ears. It’s a simple step that can prevent sunburn, long-term skin damage, and even skin cancer.

5.   Switch it Up

Summer exercise should be light and fun. Mix up your routine with activities like playing in a dog-friendly beach, or a splash in a shallow creek. These are great ways for your dog to cool down and have a blast, without expending too much energy on the hotter days.

6.   Watch and Act

Lastly, always be vigilant for signs of overheating in your dog, like excessive panting, drooling, or lethargy. If you notice these signs, it’s time to take a break, offer water, and a chance to cool down. And if symptoms persist, take your precious pup to the vet ASAP! Heatstroke can kill quickly, so don’t take any chances.

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