Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dogs
As the temperatures rise, we love to get outside and play! It’s only natural to want to spend that time with your best friend. As a dog owner, you must be mindful of your dog’s needs in the summer heat. Dehydration and heatstroke are just as real a danger to our pets as they are to humans. So, we’ve compiled some hot weather safety tips for dogs for keeping your dog safe and healthy during the hot weather months.
Never Leave Your Dog In The Car During Hot Weather
This hot weather safety tip obviously can’t be reiterated enough! Despite public service announcements and incessant warnings from animal welfare groups and even law enforcement officials year after year, dogs continue to perish in hot cars every summer! Even with the windows cracked, it only takes minutes for the temperatures inside a car to become life threatening. Don’t leave children or pets inside a car during hot weather!!
Don’t Walk Your Dog In The Heat of The Day
During summer months, you should take the daily walk with your dog in the early morning and evenings. Even when walking in the cooler part of the day you still need to be mindful of your dog and monitor his/her behavior. They may begin to drag their feet or lag behind. Frantic panting and glassy eyes are all signs of a dog in trouble and you should attempt to cool your dog and get them to the veterinarian immediately!
Avoid Hot Surfaces When Walking Your Dog
Seek out grassy areas for exercise and try to avoid walking them on asphalt and concrete. If you must walk your dog on asphalt or concrete, test the surface with your own hand. If you can’t lay the back of your hand on the surface for 5 seconds, then it’s too hot for your dogs paws. Even tolerable temperatures on these surfaces can cause discomfort and damage after long periods of time.
Make Sure Your Dog Has Access to Plenty of Water and Shade
Dehydration and heatstroke can creep up on your dog. When they are outdoors, make sure there is fresh, cool water available at all times as well as shaded areas where they can get out of the direct sun.
Some Dog Breeds Are Less Tolerant to Heat
Older dogs, puppies and dogs with health issues require special attention and are less tolerable of heat. Obese and short nosed dogs (Boston Terriers, Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzu’s and French Bulldogs) are also less tolerant. But no matter the breed, ALL dogs are at risk in the summer heat and should be monitored carefully.
If you provide your dog with what they need during the summer months, they will enjoy a healthy, happy and safe summer. Remember, if you’re hot, so is your pet!