August 18, 2010

Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

Filed under: dogs — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Amber Reed @ 8:37 am

We’re down to the final weeks of August and summer has rapidly coming to an end. It is usually during these weeks that we see some of the hottest temperatures ever. To fully enjoy the amazing weather, it is important to keep both you and your pet safe.

Some precautions that pet owners can take include:

Don’t Overdo It With the Exercise

In really hot weather it is quite easy for your pet to suffer heat stroke, especially if the hot weather is accompanied by vigorous exercise. Your pet will enjoy running around for as long as you want it to. Has a dog ever wanted to stop playing fetch? As a pet owner you should take your dog out early in the morning or in the evening when it is cooler outside.

Keep Your Pet Hydrated

Becoming dehydrated can also lead to heat stroke. It is important to have a ready supply of water available to your dog at all times. Hosing your pet down every so often will also help them stay cool.

Frozen Treats!

Just as you probably enjoy drink milk shakes, smoothies or eating Popsicle and ice cream your dog to would enjoy some cold treats. Giving your pet some ice cubes to lick would be greatly appreciated by your dog. In addition, you can even add some flavors to the ice or add some food to it such as chicken. The treats would be tasty and cool!

Apply Sun Protection

Dogs need protection from UV lights. You can apply natural sunscreen that even humans use or buy pet sunscreen from the pet store.  Areas such as the ears, nose, and abdomen are very susceptible to the sun.

Do Not Leave Your Pet In the Car

This is one of the biggest no-no’s. A parked car on a hot day, regardless if the windows are open heats up very quickly. If you were to leave your pet in there even for a little while they would feel a great deal of discomfort and may even suffer from heat stroke.

I hope the tips helped and that you have a great summer!

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