Dog and Summer HEAT

Dogs can be more susceptible to heat-related issues during the summer months, especially in hot and humid climates. Here are some tips to help keep your dog safe and comfortable during the summer heat:

1. Provide plenty of fresh water: Make sure your dog has access to clean and cool water at all times. Check the water bowl frequently and refill it when necessary.

2. Keep them indoors: On extremely hot days, it’s best to keep your dog indoors in an air-conditioned or well-ventilated area. This helps prevent overheating and exposure to direct sunlight.

3. Avoid hot pavement: Asphalt and concrete can become extremely hot during the summer, which can burn your dog’s paws. Try to walk your dog on grass or shaded areas, and avoid going for walks during the hottest times of the day.

4. Provide shade: If your dog spends time outdoors, make sure there is ample shade available. Set up a shaded area using a canopy, umbrella, or a tree. A doghouse may not provide sufficient ventilation during hot weather, so make sure it is well-ventilated and placed in a shaded area.

5. Limit exercise during peak heat: Avoid vigorous exercise or play sessions during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, schedule walks and playtime for the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.

6. Don’t leave your dog in a parked car: Leaving a dog in a parked car, even with the windows cracked, can lead to heatstroke and can be fatal. The temperature inside a car can rise quickly, even on relatively mild days.

7. Watch for signs of heatstroke: Signs of heatstroke in dogs include excessive panting, drooling, rapid breathing, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, move them to a cool area, apply cool (not cold) water to their body, and seek veterinary attention immediately.

8. Consider cooling options: You can help your dog stay cool by providing a shallow pool or a sprinkler for them to play in. You can also wet their paws, ears, and belly with cool water or use cooling mats or vests designed for pets.

Remember, every dog is different, and some breeds are more prone to heat-related issues than others. If you have concerns about your dog’s ability to handle the heat, consult with your veterinarian for breed-specific advice and additional recommendations.