Preparing for the Summer Heat: Tips for a Great Summer - Kennel to Couch

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, summer presents a perfect opportunity for dog owners to enjoy more outdoor activities with their furry friends. However, the rise in temperature and outdoor activity also requires some preparation to ensure your home and yard are safe and comfortable for you and your dog. Here’s a comprehensive guide to get your home and yard summer-ready for optimal comfort and safety. 

Indoor Preparation

Keep Your Home Cool

  • Air Conditioning: Ensure your air conditioning unit is serviced and running efficiently. Dogs can overheat easily, so keeping your home cool is essential.
  • Fans and Ventilation: Use fans to circulate air and keep the environment comfortable for your dog. Ensure proper ventilation, especially in areas where your dog spends most of their time.

Safe Spaces

  • Quiet Retreat: Summer activities can be overwhelming for pets. Create a quiet, comfortable retreat where your dog can relax away from noise and guests.
  • Water Bowls: Keep multiple bowls of fresh, cool water available throughout your house to encourage your dog to stay hydrated.

Pest Prevention

  • Flea and Tick Control: Summer is prime time for fleas and ticks. Ensure your dog is up-to-date on their flea and tick prevention medications.
  • Heartworm Prevention: Mosquitoes can transmit heartworms. Talk to your vet about starting or continuing heartworm prevention treatments.

Outdoor Preparation

Yard Safety

  • Fence and Gate Checks: Inspect your fence and gates for any gaps or weaknesses to prevent your dog from escaping.
  • Shade and Shelter: Ensure there are plenty of shaded areas for your dog to rest. Consider adding a doghouse or canopy if shaded areas are lacking.

Water Fun

  • Paddling Pool: A shallow paddling pool is a great way for dogs to cool off. Ensure it’s in a shaded area and change the water frequently.
  • Drinking Water: Similar to indoors, have fresh drinking water available outside to keep your dog hydrated.

Garden and Lawn Care

  • Non-Toxic Plants: Ensure all plants in your yard are non-toxic to dogs. Some common plants and flowers can be harmful if ingested.
  • Chemical-Free Lawn Care: Opt for natural, pet-safe products for lawn care and pest control. Avoid using cocoa mulch, which can be toxic to dogs.

Heat Safety

  • Avoid Hot Surfaces: Be mindful of surfaces like asphalt or metal that can get extremely hot and burn your dog’s paws.
  • Monitor Exercise: Adjust your walking and playtime schedules to cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening.

Emergency Preparedness

First-Aid Kit

  • Keep a pet-specific first-aid kit handy. Include items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, a thermometer, and tweezers for tick removal.

Veterinarian Information

  • Ensure you have your veterinarian’s current contact information readily available, including the nearest emergency animal hospital.

Preparing your home and yard for the summer months not only ensures the safety and comfort of your dog but also allows you to enjoy the season to its fullest with your four-legged friend. By taking these precautions, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve created a safe, enjoyable environment for your pet during the warm summer days.

 

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