Surviving the Dog Days of Summer
Summer is in full swing, but we know there are plenty of hot days ahead. That got us thinking about our Summer Survival Gear. Cause, let’s face it, even if you love it hot, hot, hot, you still have to be prepared when you’re out with your furry friend.
Here are the items we don’t leave home without when the mercury starts to rise.
1. Closed walking shoes
You may love your sandals and flipflops, but they don’t offer any protection on summer outings, especially if your dog loves spending time off the beaten path. Instead, protect your tootsies with a good walking or hiking shoe that offers full coverage and plenty of support so that nothing slows you down.
2. Sun protection
Sun protection should be a priority year-round (even when it’s overcast), but amp up the coverage when the sun is at its highest. Either slather on the sunscreen or wear coverups with UV protection – they even come in full coverage options, like hoodies, that help keep mosquitoes and gnats at bay too!
3. A hat with a wide brim
When things get hot – and bright – it’s time to bring out the wide brim hats. Not only do they keep the sun out of your eyes, but they protect your head, and that keeps your entire body cooler.
4. Bug spray
Nothing ruins a walk like a mosquito, except for maybe flies and gnats. That’s why we carry a tiny container of bug repellent along when we head out the door – even a dab on your hat or behind your ears can save a walk instead of a full spray down.
Remember, many human insect sprays are dangerous for dogs, but there are pet-safe options available too. That way the bugs won’t slow either of you down.
5. Water bottle for you and your dog
When things get hot, never leave home without water for you and your dog. Plan ahead when you fill your bottle and carry a collapsible dish for your dog. Or amp up your pet gear game and get a bottle with a built-in drinking dish. No matter how you do it, make sure you’ve got plenty of water along so you and your dog stay safe and hydrated.
Finally, even if you and your dog love your daily walks, use extreme caution when temps get too high. Generally speaking, most dogs are at risk of heat stroke when temps rise above 89° Fahrenheit. When things get too hot, try these indoor activities to burn off excess energy instead.