With summer and warm weather around the corner, staying safe and cool in the heat is going to be important. There's so much to enjoy outdoors in the summer, however many people don't let their dogs in on the fun because they're worried about the heat for them. Good news! By following these steps, you can keep your dog safe and cool during the hot summer activities.
1. Keep your dog hydrated
Keeping plenty of water on hand is very important! One of the easiest ways to do this is by having a portable, collapsible dog water bowl, and bottles of cold water with you wherever you go. If your dog starts panting, bring them into shade and offer water right away. To stay fully hydrated, you should make sure your dog is getting water every hour.
2. Get your dog wet
During outdoor gatherings or activities, it's a good idea to allow your dog to swim or tag along in water activities. If you're at a lake on a hot day, going in the water is a great way to cool your dog off. Just remember to bring a towel for afterwards!
3. Keep your dog out of midday heat
It's during the middle of the day when temperatures are at their peak. During these hottest hours, keep the level of activities/exercise lower. When going for a walk, it's best to avoid asphalt that can burn your dogs paws. If you go on a run, keep it to a minimum and make sure to bring cold water along!
4. Don't leave your dog in a parked car!
Leaving your dog in a parked car is dangerous in many ways. The interior temperatures increase rapidly, creating unsafe conditions. Michael Dix DVM, a Medical Director at Best Friends Animal Society says to never leave your pet in a parked car, "'Not even with the windows partway down, not even in the shade, not even for a quick errand. Dogs and cats can't sweat like humans, so they pant to lower their body temperature. If they're inside a car, recycling very hot air, panting gives no relief, and heat stroke can happen quickly.'"
5. Keep your dog out of the dog house
If you have a doghouse outdoor for your dog, this is not a safe place to have them be during hot days. They block air flow and trap the heat inside. If your pet's outside, keep them in the shade when possible, and make sure they have access to water.
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