Categories: Wellness & Care
Beat the Heat!
6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer
Summer is officially here and with it comes hot temperatures. While, we enjoy fun in the sun, it’s important to remember that the higher temperatures can have a major effect on a dog’s health.
Here at Perrin-410, we want what is best for you and your dog always. To help with that, we have compiled a list of different ways you can keep your dog safe and the fun never ending.
Avoid walking on hot surfaces. Chances are if the pavement is too hot for you to walk on barefoot, it is also too hot for your dog’s paws. Try to avoid taking your dog for walks when the sun is high in the sky and instead opt to take them out in the early morning or later at night.
Don’t leave your pet in an unattended vehicle. In a matter of minutes, the temperature in a parked car can rise over 115 degrees even on a cooler day. Even if the windows are down, a dog can easily suffer from a heatstroke if left in these conditions. In circumstances where you cannot take your pet on errands with you, it’s better to leave them at home in the comfort of air conditioning.
Supply fresh, clean water at all times. Your dog should have access to water at all times and during the hot summer months, access to water is even more crucial. Keep water out of direct sunlight and in the shade to keep it cool. Try putting ice cubes in the water dish. It can attract your pet to drink more water while being entertaining as well.
Don’t over exercise your dog. A dog doesn’t know when enough play is enough. It’s up to you to know when your dog is breathing too rapidly or having trouble running or walking. If this happens, slow your dog down and let them cool off. Instead, play ball when the sun is setting or keep them occupied inside with a Kong stuffed with goodies.
Buy them a pool. For a low cost, you can purchase a plastic kiddie pool for your dog to enjoy during the summer months. Aside from panting, dogs cool down through a small number of sweat glands in between their toes. A quick soak in the pool can quickly cool down your dog.
Know the signs of dehydration or heatstroke.
A dehydrated dog will have all or some of the following symptoms:
- Act lethargic
- Have a dry, chapped nose
- Dry mouth with thick saliva
- Excessive panting
- Unsteady walk
- Very warm to the touch
A dog suffering from heatstroke will have all or some of the following symptoms:
- Extremely high body temperature
- Rapid Breathing
- Bright Red Tongue
- Red or Pale Gums