With temperatures rising in our area, summer is just getting started. Not only are you responsible for keeping yourself cool this summer, but it’s also your duty to keep your dog from overheating. Here are a few tips for preventing your pooch from becoming parched:
1.) Avoid the daytime heat.
On days when the temperature goes above 90 degrees, early in the morning and late at night are the best times to take your dog outside for a walk or playtime. Vigorous exercise is great for dogs, but keep it to a minimum in harsh summer temperatures.
2.) A digging dog is a cool dog.
Digging can be destructive, but you might want to make an exception if it’s exceptionally hot outside. In nature, dogs dig to keep cool, so definitely consider this option if you can find a space where it’s acceptable.
3.) Observe and listen to your dog.
Your dog will usually tell you if he or she is too hot by avoiding strenuous activity or even going back inside if given the chance. Allow your dog to check the weather and give him or her a chance to motion to you that it’s too hot outside.
4.) Take your dog swimming.
While some streams in the area may not be approved for human swimming, a lot of them are perfectly suitable for dogs to cool off in. The dog water park on Forbidden Drive in the Wissahickon neighborhood comes to mind.
5.) Don’t forget about doggie boots!
Would you want to step on the burning hot asphalt, barefoot, when it’s 100 degrees outside? Neither would your dog. If you need them for your dog, simply ask us where to find doggie boots in the area.
6.) Hydration is key.
Just like humans, dogs can become dehydrated. Since dogs can’t sweat, you’ll be looking for excessive drool and panting, which is a sure sign that your dog is being overworked in the heat. Keep in mind that dogs with darker coats absorb more heat than dogs with lighter coats and that overweight dogs are at a greater risk for dehydration.
7.) And finally, absolutely NEVER leave your dog in a parked car with the windows up. EVER.
‘Til Next Time,