10 Essential Tips for Summer Fun 

Welcome June, Welcome summer! 

As we head out to the sunny outdoors, these days it is important to keep our furry friends safe and comfortable.

Here are our 10 tips for keeping your Pei safe and comfortable during the upcoming summer months:

  1. Hydration is Key

Shar Pei, like all dogs, can easily become dehydrated in the heat. Always carry fresh water and a portable bowl when you’re out and about. Offer your dog water frequently, even if they don’t seem thirsty. A hydrated dog is a happy dog! 

  1. Avoid the Hottest Part of the Day

Sun rays are most intense between 10am and 4pm. Plan your walks and outdoor activities in the earlier hours or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler. Both you and your Pei are sure to enjoy it more, and you will avoid the added risks of heatstroke or excessive sun exposure. 

  1. Watch for Signs of Overheating 

Dogs are more susceptible to heatstroke than people. Symptoms of overheating include: 

Excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, uncoordinated movements, collapse. 

If you notice any of these signs of distress, move your dog to a cool, shaded place immediately and offer water. In severe cases, contact your veterinarian right away. 

  1. Provide Shade and Cool Resting Spots

Whether you’re at home or out for a picnic, always ensure that your Shar Pei has access to shaded areas. Portable pet tents, umbrellas, and natural shade from trees can provide much needed relief from direct sun. At home, cool indoor areas with fans or air conditioning can help keep your dog comfortable during the hot summer months. 

  1. Protect the Paws

Hot pavement and sand can burn your dog’s paws. Before heading out, check the ground temperature by placing the palm of your hand on it for a few seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws! Walking on grass or dirt paths is always a safer option. However, if walks on pavement are unavoidable, dog booties can help provide protection from burns. 

  1. Sunscreen 

We usually remember our own sunscreen, but what about our pets? Animals can also get sunburnt, particularly those with lighter fur color and shorter fur. 

To help protect your Pei against sun exposer, you can apply pet-specific sunscreen to areas like ears, noses, muzzles, and tummies. However, we recommend to avoid human sunscreen, as it may contain ingredients harmful to dogs. 

  1. Limit Intense Exercise 

While exercise is important, avoid overly strenuous activities during hot weather. Instead, during high temperatures, opt for leisurely walks and gentle play sessions. Always pay close attention to your dog’s energy levels and take frequent breaks. 

  1. NEVER Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car

Even with the windows cracked open, the temperature inside a parked car can rise dramatically in minutes. Never leave your dog alone in a parked car, even if to just run a few quick errands. This can pose a fatal risk to your dog. It’s best to leave your Shar Pei at home, in a cool, comfortable environment. 

  1. Know Your Dog’s Limits 

Every dog is different, and it is essential to understand your Shar Pei’s specific needs and limitations. Some dogs tolerate heat better than others, and age, health, and coat color or length can play a role in how well your’s handles the sun. Always err on the side of caution and prioritize your dog’s well-being. 

  1. Protect Against Parasites 

Our last tip is not about keeping cool in the sun, however, it is important to remember that parasites such as fleas, ticks, mosquitos and sandflies are very common in the warm summer months. These insects can irritate and spread disease, so it is important to protect your dog against them. There is a whole array of products, and we recommend you choose the one that works best for you and your dog. However, no product works 100% of the time, so careful inspections of your dog’s fur, paws, ears, and mouth after each walk is a must!  

With just a little preparation and vigilance, summer can be a fun and enjoyable time for you and your Shar Pei! 

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