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Beat the heat: Keeping your furry friend safe in Reno's sizzling summers

slimy dog in a hot summer

As the sun blazes over Reno, our four-legged companions become vulnerable to the sweltering temperatures. Just like us, dogs need extra care and attention to stay safe and comfortable during the scorching summer months. Whether you're taking Fido for a walk, enjoying outdoor adventures, or simply lounging in the backyard, it's crucial to be proactive in protecting them from the heat. In this guide, we'll explore essential tips to ensure your canine companion's well-being while enjoying the beauty of Reno's summer days.

Timing is key

When the sun is at its zenith, pavement and surfaces can become scorching hot. To prevent your pup's paws from getting burnt, plan your walks during the cooler parts of the day – early mornings or late evenings. Before heading out, place your hand on the pavement for a few seconds. If it's too hot for your hand, it's definitely too hot for your dog's paws. If you must walk during peak hours, consider protective booties to shield their feet from the heat.

Stay hydrated

Just like humans, dogs need constant hydration to beat the heat. Carry a portable water bowl and a bottle of cold water whenever you're out and about. Regular water breaks are essential, especially after playtime or exercise. To make hydration a breeze, invest in a collapsible water dish that you can carry wherever you go.

Seek shade and rest

While exploring Reno's scenic trails or enjoying the local parks, ensure your dog has access to shaded areas where they can take a break from the sun's intensity. Overexertion can quickly lead to heatstroke, so be attentive to signs of exhaustion like heavy panting, excessive drooling, or sluggishness. Provide a cool, comfortable place for your pup to rest, and never leave them in a parked car, even for a few minutes.

Grooming matters

Maintaining your dog's coat has a significant impact on their comfort during summer. Regular grooming, including brushing, helps remove excess fur, allowing air to circulate and prevent overheating. However, don't shave your dog's coat too short, as their fur also provides a natural protective layer against the sun's rays. Consult your veterinarian or a professional groomer for guidance on the appropriate summer coat length for your breed.

Consider cooling aids

Incorporate cooling aids to alleviate the heat's effects on your furry friend. Wet bandanas or cooling vests can help regulate their body temperature. A kiddie pool filled with water can provide a refreshing dip for your pup to cool off. Just ensure the water is shallow and never leave your dog unattended near water sources.

Know the signs of heatstroke

Heatstroke is a severe and potentially fatal condition that demands immediate attention. Recognize the symptoms, including heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and even collapsing. If you suspect your dog is experiencing heatstroke, act swiftly by moving them to a cooler area, offering water, and contacting your veterinarian.

Paw protection

Reno's summer terrain can be unforgiving on your dog's paws. Consider applying a pet-safe paw balm or wax before venturing outdoors. These products create a barrier that shields their paw pads from hot surfaces and rough terrains.

Vehicle safety

While running errands, it's tempting to take your furry friend along, but leaving them in a parked car can be life-threatening. Even with windows cracked, temperatures inside a vehicle can soar dangerously high in a matter of minutes. When in doubt, leave your dog at home in a comfortable and air-conditioned environment.

Summer in Reno is a time for fun and adventure, but it's vital to prioritize your dog's safety amid the rising temperatures. At DoodyCalls Reno, we care about your pet's well-being. We understand the importance of keeping your outdoor spaces clean and pleasant for your pets to enjoy. With our reliable and eco-friendly services, we take the chore of pet waste cleanup off your hands, giving you more time to focus on keeping your furry friends safe and happy in the heat.

Visit our website to learn more about our commercial and residential services and how we can help you maintain a clean and enjoyable outdoor environment for your pets. Let's work together to ensure a cool and comfortable summer for your beloved companions. After all, we scoop poop so you don't have to!