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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Sun

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 26, 2017 | Categories: Dogs, Pets

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With warmer weather comes more outdoor activities. And if like us you have a dog, you enjoy letting your dog spend time outdoors, too.

Keep your dog safe from the sun and heat #IRememberBeyond

Our Baxter loves being outdoors as long as it isn’t too cold or too hot. He is a creature of comfort. He loves playing outside and just being with us. We love him being outside with us, too, because Baxter is tons of fun and a little nature lover.

As much as he enjoys the outdoors, it is up to us to make sure he is safe. Now that it is spring we have more daylight hours, which means more time to spend outdoors. It also means more sun… which can be dangerous on dogs, especially long-haired dogs like our Baxter.

Dogs will give you signs that they are getting too hot, like…

  • Increased drooling
  • Heavy panting
  • Labored or rapid breathing

You don’t want to let your dog overheat and exhibit any of the above signs, and by taking a few precautions, your dog can enjoy playing outside in the sun and be safe.

5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Sun

5 Tips to keep your dog safe in the sun this spring #RememberBeyond

Good Nutrition

Purina Beyond Small Dry Dog Food #IRememberBeyond

It all starts with a well-balanced diet. A balanced diet is important for our dogs, every day, but even more so when our dogs are active. They need a dog food that contains no added artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, as well as no poultry by-products meal.

Baxter is a Shih Tzu, so being a small breed dog, we buy him Purina Beyond Small Dog Essential dry dog food. It’s perfect for his breed’s needs. Another reason I believe in Purina Beyond is that I can trust that every bag contains safely sourced ingredients. Every bag. Every time.

You won’t find corn, wheat, or soy in Purina Beyond, but you will find real meat, poultry or fish as the #1 ingredient. Now that’s something you can believe in! And if you need more proof, Beyond’s natural nutrition is backed by pet nutritionists.

Here’s an exclusive digital coupon for $3 off any Purina Beyond dry dog food online at http://cbi.as/7o440. Be sure to grab this Kroger offer (it ends 6/29/17). Click on the image above, and all you need to do is “check the Beyond box on the left” to find the offer.

Supervise Activities

Keep your dog safe in the sun #IRememberBeyond

If it’s hot outside, you don’t want to leave your dog unsupervised. If your dog is playing in the sun, you want to be able to monitor their behavior to avoid any of the signs of overheating I mentioned earlier.

Don’t Overdo It

Keep your dog safe in the sun by not letting dogs overheat or overdo it #IRememberBeyond

I advise taking breaks while spending time outdoors with your dog. Our dog is active, and we do everything we can to see Baxter has a healthy lifestyle, which means being smart with outdoor activities. If a dog is having fun, he might not want to stop… it’s our job to make sure they don’t overdo it. There’s a time for play and a time for rest. Find a shady spot for your pooch and take a little break.

Easy Access to Water

Tips to keep dogs safe in the sun. Plenty access to water #IRememberBeyond

It’s important to have access to clean water for your dog at all times outdoors. It’s very easy for dogs to get dehydrated. With the heat of the sun, the running and playing, and being covered in fur, they get thirsty… quickly. It’s best to keep water in a shaded area, so the water will stay cooler.

Avoid the Hottest Part of the Day

Avoid the hottest part of the day to keep your dog safe in the sun and heat #IRememberBeyond

The sun is usually at its strongest between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm each day, so it’s best to avoid spending too much time outdoors during this timeframe. Taking your dog outside early morning after a breakfast of Purina Beyond dry dog food and/or later in the evening is more optimal.

Purina Beyond Dog Food at Kroger

Purina Beyond dog food at Kroger #IRememberBeyond

I’ve written before about how much I love the convenience of stopping by my local Kroger to pick up Purina Beyond Dog Food for Baxter. It saves this busy mom time since I don’t have to make two stops. It’s my one stop shop.

Keeping your pets safe in the sun and heat #IRememberBeyond

With just a little planning and common sense, you can keep your dog safe in the sun this spring and summer, and he will love you all the more for it.

What’s your dog’s favorite outdoor activity?

One Response to 5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Sun

  1. Jenna Wood says:

    With our dog she is inclined to drink too much water on a normal day, so we really have to watch her hydration when it is warm out. Thanks for the tips! #client

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