Summertime is filled with many outdoor activities and Fido often comes along for the ride. Hot temperatures can have an adverse effect on your pet’s health and well-being and it is important to take the necessary steps to make sure that they stay healthy while having fun!
Advice From Our Vets: How To Keep Your Pets Cool This Hot Summer
It is always important to make sure that your dog has enough water and never more so than on a hot and sunny day! Be sure to always have fresh water for your pet when you are out and about enjoying the fresh air. Hikers especially need to bring along enough water for themselves and also their four-legged travel companions. Don’t forget to pack a collapsible dish and maybe even some ice if the hike is going to be arduous and long-lasting.
Remember that dogs will sometimes refuse to drink out of communal bowls no matter how thirsty they may be, so be sure that you have an option available for them. Even when you are spending the day indoors, be sure to keep their water continuously fresh and cold.
TIPS FOR ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS
If it is a hot day, let your dog walk on the grass or shady side of the street. Asphalt and sidewalks become very hot, especially on sunny days, and the heat can cause serious damage to the sensitive pads of their paws. Over-exercise is another danger area on hot days. Pets are not capable of sweating, and while panting provides them with some relief, they may still be uncomfortable.
Running and other rigorous exercises on hot summer days may also cause them to become dehydrated more quickly than is typical for them. Be sure to allow them plenty of rest during any physical activity, and try to keep them in the shade as much as possible. The heat of the afternoon is best avoided especially if your dog is one that enjoys running around. Try to schedule walks as early as possible in the mornings, and keep high levels of activities for the early evening once the heat of the sun has dissipated.
Of course, it goes without saying that you should never leave your pet alone in a hot car, no matter how short the time duration! Dogs should never be left in a hot car even if you think that the temperature is not too bad or that you will be gone for a minute. This is a reflection of poor pet ownership and is something that you should never consider.
And one very important tip to remember: if it is hotter than 85 degrees, leaving Fido at home is the right thing to do. Be sensitive to your dog and how they handle the heat, you may discover that their cutoff temp isn’t 85 but 78 degrees. Like many subjective matters, it is always best to err on the side of caution!
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