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07/09/2012 21:40:51 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  6825  views, category: Petivities, Purrfect pet health and beauty tips view all blogs

The summer sun is shining brightly these days, and most of us understand the dangers the sun can bring with it. What we may forget about is how badly the sun can harm our pets.

Hopefully, you remember to pack the sun block and a nice big had along with your bathing suit and towel when you head to the beach. If your dog will be joining you, make sure to take some extra precautions.


Did you know that your dog can get sunburn? It is true. Shorthaired dogs and dogs with light colored fur are most at risk, but all dogs can be affected. While there are special sunscreens for dogs, any children’s sunblock will work. Go for a bottle with SPF 45 or higher and apply it to your pet at the tip of the ears and the bridge of the nose. The stomach is the other sensitive area.

Hot Ground

Hot asphalt can cause serious burns to your dog’s paws. You will be able to tell if it is too hot for your dog to walk on by testing it with your hand. Press the back of your hand to the asphalt and keep it there for 7 seconds. If you cannot keep it there for all seven seconds, it is too hot for your dog to walk on. If you have to walk on asphalt with your dog for any reason, it is highly suggested that you use doggie booties or paw balm that act as a barrier between your dog’s paws and the ground.

Heat Exhaustion

Do not leave your dog in the car, even with the windows open. Say you are on vacation and brought your pal with you. On your way home, you have to stop somewhere unexpectedly. The best advice is to make sure you have two car keys with you (or a key and the keyless entry remote). Leave the car running with the air conditioner on and take the other key (or remote) with you. Always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to drink.

Fun in the Sun

Cooling jackets are a form of therapy jacket that you can wrap around your dog to keep him or her cool. To read more about them, read Therapy Pet Jackets - Warm and Cold.

Remember that dogs cannot sweat to cool themselves off. Instead, they pant and drink cool water. If your dog is acting unusual or showing any signs of discomfort, get them out of the sun as quickly as possible. The next step would be to cool them off with cold water and cool and damp towels. If he or she does not start to look better soon, consider seeking medical assistance.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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