Your Dog is ready to enjoy the summer too, but the responsibility is all yours: follow these 10 rules to ensure a long and pleasant summer for your dog.
Heat and sultriness are the great enemies of humans in these months, but animals also suffer the same discomforts which, if not treated properly, can have serious repercussions on their health. For this reason, the Ministry of Health has written a booklet containing all the useful tips for protecting our four-legged friends: you can consult it here!
We offer you these simple and basic guidelines: keep them in mind.
The decalogue for a perfect summer with your dog:
1. Don’t leave your dog in the heat.
Avoid keeping your dog waiting in the car, even if you stop in a shaded area or keep the windows open: the interior will heat up quickly, partly due to your dog’s hyperventilation. The same applies to places exposed to direct sunlight.
He risk heat stroke, a serious pathological condition.
2. Clean the dog bowl immediately after eating.
In hot weather, bacteria develop quickly and can break down food residues in the bowl. If the dog then licks or eats in an uncleaned bowl, it may develop food poisoning, even serious ones.
3. Refresh him and keep him clean.
Hygiene is the first thing, especially in summer. This is why we advise you to be very careful when cleaning the coat: choose a product that can prevent irritation and protect the epidermis from parasites.
On our site you will find Navit Shampoo, based on Aloe Vera, enriched with extracts of grapefruit, geranium and lemongrass.
4. Only take your dog for walks at cooler times and in shaded areas.
Your dog likes to go for walks and play in the garden, but the hottest hours are not recommended for taking him out. A good idea for you too!
5. Make sure he always has water available.
Hydration is essential in summer, so you should make sure that the water bowl is never empty.
You could also add Aloe Vera juice to the water before meals: In case of bacterial infections of the uro-genital system, hyperactivity, digestive problems, lack of appetite, constipation and vomiting, all the properties of this almost magical plant can also help dogs.
6. Yes to cool, but not too cool.
The conditioned environment can cause problems for the animal: changes in temperature can be just as fatal as excessive heat.
7. Go to the beach together, but only if he wants to.
Pet-friendly beaches are certainly a great achievement, but always bear in mind that your dog should enjoy going to the beach with you. Only take your dog to the beach if there are suitable conditions, such as good ventilation and shady areas. Always avoid the middle of the day.
8. Protect them from ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.
The increase in temperature encourages the development of numerous parasites such as fleas, ticks, parasites and the much-hated mosquitoes, which can carry diseases that are very dangerous for the animals, such as leishmaniasis, filariasis, erlichiosis and others. As we mentioned in our previous post, Mosquito bites, can be really dangerous for your pets.
Firstly, carry out regular checks and anti-parasite treatments, following your vet’s instructions. To prevent these problems, rely on a simple routine that involves the use of Aloe Vera Gel, which has anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, protective and healing properties. We also recommend that you have an anti-mosquito spray on hand, such as Nalia, which promotes the healing of injured or inflamed skin and keeps insects at a distance, naturally, thanks to the citronella it contains.
9. When travelling by car, remember that you have a special passenger.
If you are travelling by car this summer, you should bear in mind that: the temperature inside the car should be adequate (as mentioned in point 6), you should make regular stops so that your dog can stretch his legs and go potty, and you should always have water and a hand towel to cool him down. In addition, try to drive at a steady speed and without jolts, otherwise you may encounter the problem of motion sickness, which is very common in dogs, especially puppies.
10. The dog abroad: be prepared!
If your holiday will be abroad, remember to do a complete check-up before departure, including any health prophylaxis required, and prepare all the necessary documents. Even dogs need their own passport!
It seems superfluous to remind you that abandoning animals in the summer is not a measure to be taken into consideration. As you have seen, it takes very little to enjoy this moment of relaxation and holiday together!