Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the hot sidewalks summertime can be rough on your pets. Always make sure to keep your pooch cool! Heatstroke isn’t fun for anyone!
1. Be Cool
Always be on the lookout for heat exhaustion. It starts with heat stress and heavy panting, often accompanied by dry or bright red gums, thick drooling, vomiting or diarrhea, or wobbly legs. This is dangerous territory for a dog and can lead to brain damage or death. Know the signs and learn how to prevent it.
Keep it cool indoors with a fan or air conditioning. If it’s too warm for you, it’s certainly too warm for an animal in a furry coat!
Never ever leave a dog in the car, even for a short period of time. Even with windows cracked open, inside temperatures can rise 20 degrees in as little as 7 minutes and be deadly to your pet.
Walk with caution: hot asphalt can burn sensitive foot pads, and dogs can overheat quickly in high temps and humidity. Save any vigorous activity for cooler early morning or evenings hours.