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Keep Your Dog Safe and Cool During the Hot Summer Months

Summertime is supposed to be easy – and it often is – but it can be dangerous for your pets, too.

Just as humans deal with overheating, hydration issues, sunburn, and heatstroke, pets can face the same problems. That’s why you need to be careful when your pet is out and about on a hot day.

Here are a few things to watch…

Paw protection

If you’ve ever walked barefoot on pavement or concrete on a sunny day, you know how uncomfortable it can become after just a few moments. Well, the exact same thing is true for a dog.

Instead of walking your pooch on a hard surface, stick to a grassy spot and, when possible, avoid the hottest times of the day.

Car sense

Although there have been warnings for years about leaving animals in a parked vehicle, it still occurs with some regularity, leaving pets at severe risk.

And as the Humane Society of the United States notes, it doesn’t have to be blisteringly hot outside for the temperature to soar inside a vehicle. For example, on a 72-degree day, the interior temperature of a vehicle can reach 166 degrees within an hour, while within 10 minutes on an 80-degree day, the temperature can reach 99.

Quite simply, never leave your pet in the car during a warm to a hot day,

Don’t forget indoors

If you turn your home’s air conditioning off when you’re away, you could be putting your pets in jeopardy. A general rule of thumb is that if it’s too hot for you, it’s probably too hot for your pets, so leave the AC on to some degree. If you’re going to be away for any stretch of time, talk to your pet sitter about adjusting the thermostat as needed.

Pour some drinks

Of course, make sure your pets always have plenty of cool water to drink. Change the water in their bowl regularly and store-bought frozen treats for pets are fine, too. You can even find recipes to make homemade treats on the internet.

Sunscreen for Fido

Yes, there’s such thing as sunscreen for dogs – and you should use it, especially around sensitive areas such as the nose, ears, and belly. But don’t use a sunscreen designed for humans if it contains zinc oxide, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) or fragrance.

Know the signs of heatstroke

Excessive panting, increased heart rate, breathing issues, and vomiting are among the warning signs of heatstroke.

Get your pet to a cool area and contact your veterinarian about next steps. Meantime, help lower your pet’s body temperature with a cool, wet towel placed on the belly, groin, paws, and back of the neck.

Wrapping up

None of this information is meant to scare you – and you and your pets can still have a great time romping in the sun – but a little preventive care and common sense can keep your four-legged friends healthy and happy.

 

Comments

  1. It is very important to keep our furbabies hydrated and updated on their grooming routine. Their condition must always be cool and clean especially in this season. I groomed my dog at mobile grooming in Hialeah, Florida, you can check them here. https://www.petgroominghialeah.com/ Keep safe everyone!

  2. Hello! Good methods to cool your dog! When a dog is hyperventilating, one can also give him an ice pack to lay on and add ice cubes to his water.

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