Everyone who lives in Miami apartments knows that sun protection is essential for humans. What is often overlooked is that dogs need to be protected as well. After all, almost all breeds of dogs are covered with hair! Isn’t that enough to keep them safe from the blistering Florida sun? It turns out that the answer is “no.” You will need to take some steps to keep your dog from being harmed by the sun and the heat it sends down.
Apply Sunscreen to Sparsely-Covered Areas of the Body
On most dogs, this involves putting it on the nose. It should also be applied to any other area that has thin or no hair, and this means that some breeds need it all over their bodies. It’s important to note that some ingredients of human sunscreen, such as zinc, are toxic to dogs. For safety, choose a product that is specifically made for canines.
Go Ahead and Pick Up a Pair of Dog Sunglasses or a Canine Visor
It may look strange when a dog wears shades, but the reality is that dogs need UV protection for their eyes just like humans do – and the easiest way to provide it is to give your dog a pair of sunglasses. There are plenty of them made in dog sizes. Just make sure that they actually offer UV protection. “Costume” dog glasses are unlikely to provide any practical benefits.
Avoid Taking Your Dog Outside During the Brightest Times of the Day
Avoiding the outdoors during the hottest and brightest times of the day – the hours between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – is standard advice for human sun protection. If your dog can wait, keep them inside during those hours as well.
Don’t Speed-Walk – Mosey Instead
If it’s your first year in Florida, you may notice that many people walk very slowly while outdoors, especially in the summertime. This is done to avoid overheating. Follow their lead to keep yourself and your dog comfortable.
By following these tips, both you and your dog can enjoy the weather without getting sunburned. To see where you can come home to after your outings, just stop by our office. We’ll be glad to show you our available pet-friendly apartment homes.