5 summer-time dangers every dog owner should know about
As the weather heats up, we humans can take off our winter coats and stash them in storage. But, the same is not true for our beloved four-legged friends who may still be wearing remnants of their winter coats.
This summer, keep your pup from becoming a hot dog with these five tips from the experts at the American Humane Association.
Re-think when you exercise your dog: Exercising in the heat can be dangerous for dogs. Consider taking your pet for walks early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler. Not only may Fido still be sporting a bit of his winter wardrobe, but he’s limited in how he can cool himself down, too. While people sweat, dogs rely on panting and have only minimal perspiration through the bottoms of their paws.
Avoid taking your dog on “rides”: We all know that we shouldn’t leave our pets in the car on sweltering hot days. But, the humane association reminds us that even on pleasant days in the early summer can turn dangerous. Pets get hotter quicker than we do and the inside of a car heats up super-fast, even with cracked windows. Consider this: Even on a 78-degree day, the interior of your car can heat up to 100 to 120 degrees, putting your pet’s life at serious risk.
Make sure your pet has shade and water outdoors: If you plan on leaving your pet outdoors, you need to make sure that your pets have access to a shady area and a bowl of fresh water. Otherwise, they could become susceptible to heat stroke. (Need a bowl for outdoors? Earn cash-back on your purchase at Petsmart)
These booties are made for walking: You don’t want to walk on hot pavement with your bare feet right? So, make sure your dog’s little paws aren’t getting scorched by the pavement, hot sand on the beach or the sidewalk. The humane association suggests buying booties to protect your pet’s paws.
Recognize the signs of heat stroke: Heat stroke can be deadly for dogs and it requires the immediate attention of a vet. Warning signs include: excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, lethargy, stumbling, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting and a coma. You can provide some immediate treatment by using cool water (not icy) to lower your dog’s temperature by submerging him in a tub of water, wetting him with a hose or sponging him down. However, even after your pet has been cooled, he still needs to be examined by a vet, according to the humane association. Heat stroke can affect your dog’s liver, kidneys and brain.
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