You probably know the basics of how your body keeps itself cool in hot weather. Your sweat glands produce perspiration, which has the effect of cooling off your body. This is an effective cooling tactic, but heatstroke is still a danger to humans. So you can imagine how much more of a danger the heat poses for your dog, who doesn't have sweat glands, except in their paws, and who is limited mostly to panting as a way to keep cool. Heatstroke is a real risk for dogs during the hottest months of the year, and it can be fatal in some cases. Take a look at some of the important things you should do to keep your dog safe from the summer heat.
1. Provide Plenty of Opportunities for Hydration
It's not enough for your dog to just have a water bowl indoors with their food. When your dog is playing outside, they need to have water there too. Find a shaded area to place your dog's water bowl in so that it doesn't get too hot. You may also want to try mixing half ice, and half cool water in a bowl meant for the outdoors. This will keep the water cool longer.
Don't forget to bring water along when you and your pet leave home. Whether you're headed out to the dog park, running errands, or just going for a long walk, you should bring a bottle or thermos of water for your dog (as well as one for yourself!) and a container for your dog to drink from.
2. Plan to Walk During Cooler Hours
Your dog needs exercise during the summer just as much as they do during other times of the year. But they don't necessarily need to be out in the middle of the day. Plan to take walks with your dog during the coolest hours of the day – early in the morning or close to sunset. You can even take walks after dark.
During the summer months, it's also important to make sure that you're walking your dog in the grass, not on the pavement. The sidewalk and road can get incredibly hot in the summer, and the extreme heat will burn your dog's paws.
3. Know The Signs of Heatstroke
Overheating can turn into heatstroke very quickly, and that can be dangerous to your dog's heart, brain, and other organs. Signs of heatstroke can include heavy panting, excessive thirst, drooling, vomiting, staggering, bright red tongue or gums, glazed eyes, weakness, and seizures.
If you think your dog is overheated or showing signs of heatstroke, move them to a cool (preferably air-conditioned) space right away. Offer small amounts of water to drink – a large amount might cause vomiting. Take your dog's temperature if possible, then use cool, but not cold water to begin cooling their body. Concentrate on their head, neck, and underneath their front and back legs. Call your veterinarian (or, if possible, have someone else do it while you stay with your pet), describe your dog's condition, and ask for instructions.
Keep in mind that you should never leave your pet in a hot car or other small enclosed space, during the summer or at any other time. Be aware of your dog's vulnerability to heat and discuss your summer safety plans with your veterinarian. For more information, check out a website like http://www.emergencypetclinics.com.Share
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