Summer is here! And our pets deserve to enjoy it too.
So, here is some tips for take care of them, and enjoy even more.
- Walk early in the morning or later in the day when it’s cooler.
- Make sure there’s a shady area if he’s outside playing in the yard.
- Remember that his paws aren’t protected from the hot asphalt so choose grassy surfaces if you can. Touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads.
- Keep your house cool. Leave windows open, ceiling fans going or the A/C on.
- Always have with water and let your dog drink all the time. Take frequent breaks to let his cool down. Make sure he has access to cool water when he’s in the yard.
- Your dog’s normal temperature is between 100° and 103°F. A dog will start to experience heat stroke at 105°F. Any higher and organ damage is a risk.
- These are common signs of heat stroke:
- Panting heavily
- Dry or bright red gums
- Thicker drool than normal
- Loss of balance
- Do not shave your dog because he’s panting. If you have a double coated breed their fur is actually providing relief from the heat, and shaving it will make it worse.
- Not all dogs know how to swim naturally, and even dogs who know how to swim can be tired, and make sure they always wear flotation devices when near to water.
- We spend a lot of time outdoors with our dogs in the summer, and that increases the risk of them running off or getting lost. Make sure your dog has a collar with your phone number on it, and it’s a good idea to have your dog microchipped in case their collar comes off.
- Avoid strenuous exercise during extremely hot days & keep the sessions short. The same goes for days with high humidity. For those really hot days check out some simple activities to keep your dog busy indoors.
- Never leave your dog inside your car in hot weather; a cracked window isn’t enough to keep a car cool. It’s also illegal in many states.
- If you have a short faced dog like a Bulldog or Pug remember that they don’t pant efficiently; they’re much more susceptible to heat stroke. Bulldogs are especially intolerant to heat. They should have limited access to the outdoors when the weather gets above 80 degrees.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to sand and hot asphalt – it can burn your dogs paws. In the summer try to walk your dog in the morning or evening when the pavement isn’t so hot. If you walk during the day stick to grassy or wooded areas.
- Does your dog love the water? Fill up a kiddie pool with water for your pup to cool off in. I suggest picking up a plastic one, since their nails can tear the softer ones. Don’t have a kiddie pool? Plenty of dogs enjoy playing with the hose or sprinklers.
- If you’re going to be outside for long periods of time with your dog this summer make sure he has a nice shady spot to rest in and plenty of water.
- Introducing new games that don't involve too much running around is a good idea when the weather gets warmer.
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