Summer is here! This time of year can be quite difficult for our canine companions, especially those in their golden years. As Fido ages, he’ll become more sensitive to temperature extremes. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet offers some advice on keeping your older dog safe and comfy in the heat.
Swimming can be a great workout for older dogs. It’s very easy on Fido’s bones and joints, but also gives your pet the cardio and exercise he needs. You’ll just need to be very careful. Don’t leave your pooch unattended near water!
Even if Fido doesn’t like swimming, he may like splashing and wading. There are few things more adorable than seeing pups relaxing in a kiddie pool!
Fido may enjoy some cold treats, such as doggy ice cream, which you can find in many stores. You can also make treats. Here’s an easy one: put some bits of kibble and/or small treats in an ice cube tray, and pour some sodium-free broth over them.
If Fido has a yard to play in, make sure that he always has shade and water when he’s outdoors. He may also enjoy a raised doggy bed.
Some pups are more comfortable with clipped coats in summer. This is not a universal recommendation, though: pups with double coats should never have their fur cut. If your furry friend has a thick coat, regular brushing will help get rid of dead fur and dander.
Long nails are very problematic for older dogs. Keep Fido’s nails trimmed! We also recommend using paw balm on his cute toe beans.
This is one we can’t overstate. Parked cars can get very hot very fast at this time of year. You can take Fido for a ride, but never leave him sitting in the car.
It’s always adorable seeing older dogs snoring peacefully in the sun. Fido may appreciate having a fan pointed at his bed.
Does your pooch struggle with the heat? A cooling vets may be a great option. Or, for a DIY version, hang a wet bandana around Fido’s neck. The evaporation will cool him off.
Please contact Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON vet, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We’re here to help!