Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe this Summer

July 13th, 2017 by Marlene Ring

Dog Water fountainIt’s Summer and Texas Summers are HOT! Not only for us, but man’s best friend as well!

Keeping your dog cool is serious business because overheating can be life-threatening if not treated immediately.

Dogs, in general, are intolerant of too much heat.

Heatstroke normally happens when a dog loses his innate ability to regulate his body temperature.

Dogs do not sweat all over their bodies the way humans do.

Their body temperature is chiefly regulated by respiration such as panting.

dog-heatstrokeIf a pooch’s respiratory tract fails to clear heat quickly enough, heatstroke may take place.

It is important to protect Fido.

So noticing the early signs of heat exhaustion will reduce the chances of canine heatstroke and death from heat exhaustion.

 

Here are some tips to keep him safe and comfortable.

 

drinkingWater, water, WATER!

Allow your dog access to lots of clean fresh water.

Add ice cubes to make it cooler.

 

 

dogs in carLeave your dog at home while running errands.

Even if the temperature outside is only 80°,

inside a car it can rise to 160° very quickly

even with the windows open. Watch this Video

 

SprinklerWet your dog’s head with a moist towel before you leave for your walk.

As his hair catches the breeze it will cool him down.

Wet his whole body anytime he’s outside for long periods of time.

 

Cool in the Pool

A wading pool is wonderful for keeping your dog cool.

Labs and other water lovers really enjoy playing in the water.

 

Ice treatsHave a “Pooch-cicle”

Give your dog chicken or beef broth ice cubes as treats.

Add chicken or bacon to make it even yummier!

 

I always incorporate these tips when exercising and training to avoid heat exhaustion.

Noticing the early signs will reduce the chances of canine heatstroke and death.

hot puppyHere are things to look for:

  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination.

 

vet

If your dog shows any of these symptoms after being exposed to high temperatures get him to air conditioning, lower his body temperature slowly and transport to a veterinarian.

Start building a better communication and relationship with your dog!