June 23, 2012

Hot days of Summer

Filed under: Uncategorized — klewis @ 12:06 pm

Dogs can only rid their body of heat while panting. They do not have sweat glands – as humans do – except for a few on their feet. Panting alone is not enough when the temperature soars.

Here are a few tips to keep your doggy cool:

-Provide plenty of water

-Exercise your dog in the coolest hours of the morning or evening

-Go swimming! Either take them to a lake or invest in a small kiddie pool.

-Provide shade. Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but it ultimately needs a cool, shady spot to relax. Prolonged sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion, it can also cause sunburn.

-Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when spraying it with water. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat.

-Never leave it in the car. The car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running

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