Life is better with flip flops, and paws! Summer is almost here. Although summer weather is already here, it is never too late to read up on ways to stay safe in the sun. 

Apply sunscreen

Sunscreen and sunglasses are safe for you, but do you know what you should be doing to keep your dog safe in hot summer temperatures? Dog's skin is just as sensitive as human skin. In fact, dogs can get sunburn too!

According to the AKC, short-haired dogs and dogs with naturally pink skin are more prone to sunburn. You should apply sunscreen to your dog’s ears and nose and make sure that they are only exposed to the sun for short periods of time.

Dog On The Beach Looking Into Sunset

Protect your pup's paws

Hotter temperatures are also a risk for your dog’s paws. An average walk could turn into painful blisters and sores quickly. 77 degree temperatures make the asphalt temperature 125 degrees!

The hotter the weather, the hotter the pavement! Before taking your dog on a walk, experts recommend the ‘7 second test’. Put the back of your hand on the asphalt for 7 seconds. If you can’t withstand the heat, neither can your dog! A great way to help protect your pup's paws is by using Jax & Cali Paw Protect. Apply the natural balm to the pads of your pup's paws for a layer of protection from the hot cement.

Keep your dog hydrated

Hydration is key during the hot summer months. If your dog is going to be outside, make sure they have plenty of fresh, cool water to keep hydrated.

Dog On Beach Wearing Beach Clothes

Don't leave your dog in a hot car unattended

Like asphalt, car temperatures soar in summer heat. Never leave your dog in your car unattended. Cars can heat up quickly, and leaving your dog unattended in direct sunlight is detrimental to their health.

Hot temperatures can come with serious consequences. Heat stroke is very serious and can happen when your dog is exposed to the heat for extended periods of time. Signs of heat stroke can include panting, drooling, fever, and rapid heart beat. Heat stroke is serious, and if untreated, can result in death!

The dog days of summer are almost here! Ultimately, these facts and more can keep you and your dog safe in the heat. Stay hydrated, stay cool, and make sure you are taking the necessary precautions to keep your dog safe this summer.

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