Holiday season kicks in and you share a passion with your dog: the water. Isn’t this the best theme for a pet-friendly destination? Don’t be hasty. Restrictions, hot temperatures, and a change in routine can put your pet in real danger. Motivation gone? A few tips for careful preparation is all you need. There are many important danger areas to consider when planning a dog friendly holiday to the sea or lake. Have you ever thought about any of these ones?
Table of contents
- 1. Shade & sunblock
- 2. Water
- 3. Safety
- 4. Toys
- 5. First aid kit
1. Shade & sunblock
Dogs are just as susceptible to sunburns, skin cancer and heat-related illnesses as humans are. So in summer, always make sure that your dog has plenty of access to shade, as overheating and heat stroke in dogs can be life-threatening.
Also, the best way to keep your dog from getting sunburned is to get them under the shade. Always travel with an umbrella and position yourself under natural shadow if you can (a tree for example). If you forget, your dog will instinctively seek shelter from the sun.
But do dogs need sunblock like us? The answer is yes1. Dogs should have sunblock applied to the sun-sensitive areas. But which products are safe to use? The golden rule: if it’s safe enough for human babies, it’s harmless for your dog! However, it can happen that your dog licks off lotions, sprays, and creams and since these substances can be toxic it is wise to consult with your veterinarian before using sunblock on your dog.
Besides sun protection, another summer essential for dogs is water. Like us, dogs will need more water during hot summer days. So many sure they always have access to plenty of fresh, clean water.
Just like humans, most of a dog’s body mass is made up of water. Without enough water, dogs will suffer and get sick – especially when it’s warm. A dog can manage a long time without food, but without water, he’s not going to survive. To avoid dehydration, always bring fresh water when you spend time outside and offer it to your pup at least every thirty minutes. Don’t forget to add a bit more when it’s really hot.