Enjoying (safely) the dog days of summer

It’s summertime – and time to enjoy all the Florida sunshine has to offer.  Playing, and being outside is just as much fun for your dog as it is for you. Here are a few tips to keep our furry family members happy – and safe – during Gainesville’s hot summer days.

 Water, Water, Water

Dogs don’t have the ability to regulate their body temperature through perspiration as we do. Having access to cool, clean water throughout the day allows them to cool internally and stay healthy. Freezing treats, or even favorite toys in a kong or just a block of ice is a great and fun way to provide a stimulating play activity for your pup. Kiddie pools are another perfect way to give your pup a safe and fun way to beat the heat, just make sure you change the water frequently.

Never leave your pup in the car

It’s tempting to bring your pup with you as you run errands throughout your day. Please, leave them at home in the comfort of air conditioning. Never leave your pup unattended in a car, even just for a few minutes.

To shave or not-to-shave?

Often, well-intentioned dog parents want to shave their double-coated pup (think labs, huskies, retrievers) believing it will keep them cooler and reduce shedding. But all that hair is there for a reason — it has heating, cooling, and protective properties. The best way to keep your double-coated dog comfortable and to minimize shedding is with routine baths and shedding treatments and regular brushing to maintain their coat and remove loose hair.

Scenthound is a wellness-focused, membership-based service providing hygiene essentials and grooming for your dog. With two locations in Gainesville, caring for your dog is fast, easy and affordable!

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