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Dogs in Hot Weather

Dogs can’t perspire, so how do they keep cool?  They pant.  They also release heat through paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool.

So as a pet owner, what do you need to be aware of in hot weather and prevent heatstroke:

  • Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times, ideally a large bowl filled to the brim. Carry water and a bowl with you on walks.
  • On hot days, walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening
  • Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. As a general rule, if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws.
  • Watch your pet for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognize these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water.
  • Never leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open
  • Make cooling tasty treats by making ice cubes with your dog’s favorite food inside or stuff a Kong and pop it in the freezer
  • Be particularly careful with short nosed dogs such as bull breeds, boxers, pugs, older dogs, and those that are overweight. These dogs can get heatstroke simply by running around.

What are the signs of heatstroke in dogs?

  • Excessive panting and dribbling
  • Collapsing or tiredness
  • Increased heart rate

Take action:

  • Move them into a cool place and offer water
  • Wet coat with cool water (not freezing)
  • Call vet ASAP – even if your dog looks better

Enjoy the summer with your furry pals.

Source:  Blue Cross for Pets