No portion of this article may be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder. Reprinted with permission from AKC Family Dog, Summer 2004, Volume 2, No. 1. To subscribe: http://www.akc.org
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Traveling and vacationing in the hot summer months means being extra careful. Here are some tips from the experts at the AKC.
- Never, ever leave your dog unattended in a closed vehicle, particularly in the summer. If you must leave the car, designate a member of the family to stay with the dog. Shortfaced breeds (or brachycephalic), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chin, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs.
- Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog's paws. Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early morning or in the evening, when the sun's heat is less intense.
- Always provide your canine pal with plenty of cool, fresh water.
- Dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin, can sunburn. Limit your dog's exposure during the day and apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside.
- Not all beaches permit dogs; check local ordinances before heading out. Also check with a lifeguard for daily water conditions. Dogs are easy targets for sea lice and jellyfish.
- Do not let your dog drink seawater; the salt will make him sick. Also, salt and other minerals in ocean water can damage your dog's coat, so rinse him off at the end of the day.
- Never throw your dog into the sea or a swimming pool, and never leave your dog unattended in the water