Summer can be an amazing time for you and your dog. Warm weather makes it more fun to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Morning and evening walks, playing in the park and enjoying the warmth of the sun. It can also be an uncomfortable and even dangerous time for your pet. Statistics show that pet owners make more trips to the veterinarian office than any other time of year. More visits for injuries, skin infections, pest infestations, cheat grass removal and ear infections are observed. Here are summer care tips for your dog that will help to keep your beloved pet happier and healthier.
Protect your pet’s delicate skin
Humans use sunblock to protect their skin from the harmful UV rays that the sun generates in the summer time. Many pet owners do not know that skin cancer is common in dogs and in most cases, it is highly preventable. When your dog is going to be out in the sunlight, he or she should be treated with an application of pet sunblock. You should completely cover the area that has sparse hair coverage. Dense fur covering can help to block the sun for some dogs, but there are others who need to have protection to keep them healthy and reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. It can be reapplied every three to four hours or after playing in the water for the best protection. Make sure to cover their bellies and around the ears. Avoid the pet sunblock products that contain zinc oxide, because this is an ingredient that may be toxic to your pup. Always read the label before buying.