The summertime is a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors with our pets. The concerns come when the weather reaches higher temperatures, there are certain precautions that should need to be taken.
Don’t leave your pet in the car even on a warm day
We get it, you want to take your dog everywhere. Pets are family and having our family always with us is important. The temperature in a car can soar drastically and quickly. It is recommended to leave your pets home if you have someplace to go and they would have to be in the car.
Avoid walking your dog in the heat of the day
The best time to walk your dogs is early morning or late at night. Not only is it harder for your dog to cool off in the heat, but there is always the risk of burning their pads on the pavement. Always check the pavement before bringing your dog outside. If the back of your hand can’t handle the heat, either can your dog’s paws. You can always try getting boots to cover their paws, but this does not eliminate the concern of heat during the day.
Make sure there is shade and water
Just like with people our pets can get dehydrated. It is important that they get proper shade and freshwater, just like with humans.
Always remember that certain breeds have issues with regulating their temperature. Older, obese, brachycephalic (short-nosed) dogs are more susceptible to concerns with heat.
**If you feel that your dog has overheated place cool (not cold or ice) wet washcloths on their belly, under legs, head, and neck and bring them to a veterinarian immediately.**