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June 06, 2017 2 min read

As we enter the hot summer months it is so important to take special care of our furry friends.  As the temperature goes up, they are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses - especially dogs who are playing outside in the increasing heat.  Some conditions related to the hot weather include heat stroke, sunburn, and foot pad burns.  Heat stroke is extremely dangerous  and can lead to organ failure, seizures, brain damage, and more.  

Dogs (and cats) don't have the ability to sweat, and panting just isn't enough to fully cool them down.  Signs of heat stroke may include rapid panting, the skin inside the ears reddening, a bright red tongue, red or pale gums, and thick/sticky saliva.  Some dogs may show weakness, dizziness, depression, and vomiting.

Be proactive and keep your furry friend safe this summer!

  1. Don't let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement.  It may feel great to us, but being so close to the ground can heat their body very quickly and may also burn those sensitive paw pads.  
  2. Provide access to fresh water at all times.  If your dog is going to be outside make sure they have plenty of shade and lots of cool water.
  3. Try to exercise your friend in the early morning hours, before it has gotten too warm out.  Restrict exercise when it gets really toasty out, and never muzzle your dog in the heat as it inhibits their ability to pant and cool down.  
  4. Kiddie pool!  Swim in the river!  Play in the sprinklers!  If it cools you down and you have fun doing it, so will your pup!
  5. Please, NEVER. EVER. leave your pet in a parked car.  Even when parked in the shade your vehicle interior can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes - often in excess of 140 degrees.  It may feel like a quick errand to you, but it could be fatal to your best bud.  

If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke, fast action could save their life.  

  • Get them out of the heat immediately
  • Cool him/her down with cool or room temperature water and a fan (do NOT use ice or freezing water as it can actually cause more harm than good)
  • Allow free access to water, but don't force them to drink
  • Go see your veterinarian as soon as possible

Our pets are our most loyal companions and naturally protective over us.  Make sure you return the favor and protect them as fiercely as they protect you!  Now get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather!  

Check these out to keep your pup (and you!) hydrated and their paws protected:

Hydrate

PawZ


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