This summer is already extremely hot, and we still have two more months of this Texas heat. We understand, as dog parents, we want to bring our sidekicks along with us all the time. But you might want to think twice before having your pup do all of the outdoor activities with you during this extremely hot season.
Did you know that you dog can't control their body temperature like we can? Humans can sweat, but dogs can't and they cannot tell us when they don't feel well. So it is very important to know the signs and keep your dog safe.
Here are a couple of reminders to keep your precious pup cool this summer.
- Always have water and shade handy.
- Move your daily walks to earlier in the mornings while its still cool
- Never leave your dog alone in the hot car
- Limit outdoor exercise and activities
If you and your pup are enjoying a day outside, make sure you know the signs of heat stroke.
- Heavy panting
- Excessive drooling
- Change in color of gums and/or tongue
- Rapid pulse
- Restlessness or agitation
- Staggering or collapsing
- High Body Temperature
- Pups with shorter snouts; brachycephalic breeds like Pugs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, etc; are at a higher chance of heath stroke due to their restricted airways.
Should you encounter a situation where your dog gets overheated, take these steps to ensure their safety.
- Move your pup to a well ventilated area with cool shade and water.
- Sprinkle the dog with cool, not cold, water. You don't want to shock their system with drastically different temperatures. Lower their body temp slowly.
- Use a fan
- TAKE THEM TO THE VET IMMEDIATELY
If you are looking for more tools to keep your pet cool this summer, visit us in store at Dogologie. Or check out this post with more helpful tips.