The summer has arrived! Okay, not officially for a few days yet. But the Texas summer weather is here. I think we all hope it is not as bad as last year!
Still you need to protect Fido from the heat this summer. In the best of all worlds your dog would be inside with you in the air conditioning. If that is not possible and they need to be outside, be sure there is a large shady area. A dog house traps heat and so is not considered a “shady area”.
Dogs need plenty of water to keep cool and hydrated. Take walks in the early morning and late evening, not in the heat of the day. No strenuous exercise during the heat of the day. Never, ever, ever…did I say NEVER… leave a dog in an unattended car. Some crazy people say “I’ll only be a minute”. Yeah, well that’s long enough to get your dog in a bad, bad situation. Don’t do it.
Dogs that are brachycephalic, that is they have a smooshed in face like a Bulldog, should just not be out in the heat at all. Their short noses do not allow them to pant as effectively as long nosed dogs. It takes no time as all for them to get in distress from the heat.
Recognize the early signs of heat stroke:
- Heavy panting.
- Rapid breathing.
- Excessive drooling.
- Bright red gums and tongue.
- Standing with legs spread out in an attempt to maintain balance.
If you see these signs it is time to get your dog cool NOW! If you wait, it might be too late.
Be safe in the heat. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for Fifi. Be safe this summer!
Comment below with suggestions on keeping your dog cool this summer.
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