Updated: Oct 30, 2020
Summer has arrived on the Costa del Sol and it is now more important than ever to take extra precautions against the scorching heat, for both yourself and your canine companions. Dogs can easily get overheated and can suffer heatstroke and burns just like their human counterparts.
Here at Paws Doggy Daycare in Estepona, Marbella, we adore dogs and want them to be happy and healthy at all times, so we’ve put together some ways you can avoid some common summertime doggy dangers.
Water, Water, Water!
Staying hydrated is important year-round but even more so in the summer. Make sure your dog has constant access to cool, clean drinking water. Like we do at Paws Doggy Daycare, change out your dog’s water bowl several times a day and make sure you carry a bottle of water and dish with you when you go out, so that your dog never has to want for fresh water.
Water-based play is also a great way to keep your dog happily hydrated and their coats cool. We offer a full-sized swimming pool for dogs to swim and play in, several paddling pools for a quick refreshing dip, and regularly take our Paws pack to the river for a splash-about. We encourage you to do the same if you can! Your dog might enjoy an at-home swim if you have a pool, running through garden sprinklers, or a splash in the ocean – just remember that mid-afternoon sun is very hot and can quickly heat up your garden or beach sand to unsafe levels, even when playing in water, so make sure your dog also has access to cool ground and shade at all times.
Timing is Everything
The best time to take your dog for a walk is early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t as strong, especially if yours is active or needs a longer walk time. During the day, it’s best to offer your dog an area to run and play indoors, if possible, or in a cool, shaded area. At Paws Doggy Daycare we offer both – our large, enclosed orchard gives lots of space for needed exercise, but lots of shade, too. And our shaded terrace areas and in-house doggy hotel offer comfortable spaces for dogs to cool down whenever they need it.
Grooming to Stay Cool
Dogs will naturally shed more during the summer as a natural way to keep their skin cool. If your dog is particularly fluffy, it may be a good idea to get them groomed to trim away excess fur, which can cause them to overheat quicker. Even short-haired breeds should be groomed regularly as matted fur can trap heat. Keep in mind that shorter fur, like lighter fur, does leave dogs more vulnerable to sun burns, so keep them safe by following all summertime heat guidelines for dogs. You can also speak to your vet about sunscreen for dogs if you are concerned your dog is particularly vulnerable. Remember, we offer grooming services, too, so get in touch with Dan to arrange a grooming session during your pooch’s next visit to Paws Doggy Daycare!
Dogs are particularly vulnerable to sun burn on their ears, nose, and paws, which are regularly exposed, so take extra precautions to make sure they are covered and protected in the summer. It’s also important to remember that pavements are significantly hotter than the air around them and will burn a dog’s paws when the outside temperature is at only 25 degrees. Similarly, sand retains heat and can not only burn your dog’s paws but can easily cause heatstroke if too much time is spent on it, as the lack of cool air flow through it encourages overheating. We recommend that if you plan on spending an afternoon out, seriously consider leaving your dog at home where it’s cooler or give us a call so they can spend a fun afternoon with our incredible staff, friendly dogs, and doggy heaven facilities.
And last but certainly not least, NEVER leave your dog alone in the car, even for a quick stop. At 28°C outside, the temperature in your car can reach a dangerous 39°C in just 10 minutes!
At Paws Doggy Daycare in Estepona, we’re here to help your dogs beat the summertime heat! For advice on any of the above issues just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.