Updated: Nov 15, 2020
Find out how to keep your pup happy and healthy this summer!
Many pet parents may be aware that regular exercise and a lots of play time are key to keeping a pup happy and healthy, but what about in the spring and summer months? With temperatures starting to increase as we transition into these seasons, it is important for pet parents to be aware of how you can keep your dog safe and happy in the heat. Here are some tips on how to keep your pup safe this summer.
1. Stay Hydrated
When the temperatures are high, don’t leave your pooch alone outside for too long. When they are outside, make sure they have lots of fresh, cool water and add ice cubes when you can. Also consider getting a kiddie pool or sprinkler to help your furry friend cool off in the yard. This is an easy way for your dog to have fun in the heat while also being able to stay hydrated.
2. Provide shade
Contrary to popular belief, trees are actually better than doghouses for providing shade since they let air flow through. Doghouses trap the heat inside and can make your dog feel even worse when they are trying to get some relief. Unlike people, dogs can’t perspire as well as we do; they get rid of heat by panting and only perspire minimally through their pads. This makes them more at risk to overheating quickly on a warm day and can lead to heat stroke.
3. Slower Walks
Even if your dog loves to run, encourage them to take it slow on days where the temperature is high. This means setting a slower pace and giving them plenty of time to explore and sniff. Also, it could help to avoid walking your dog during the hottest parts of the day. Early mornings and evenings will be more comfortable for both of you.
4. Know the signs of overheating
How do you know if your dog is suffering from heat stroke? Keep an eye out for the following: excessive panting, vomiting, seizures, collapse, unsteadiness, bloody diarrhea, and bright red tongue and gums. If your think that your furry friend is experiencing heat stroke, try cooling them down with water and take them to a vet immediately for additional treatment. Be extra careful with short nose breeds such as pugs, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, and Boxers, as they're even more heat-intolerant than other dog breeds.
If you have questions or concerns, you should always reach out to your vet, as they are the best resource for you to fully understand how to help your pet.