Summer Health Tips

Posted: September 15th, 2014

If it is 80 degrees outside and you feel uncomfortable, chances are your dog feels twice as uncomfortable as you do. July and August are traditionally the hottest months of the summer. There are some very common sense things that you can do to keep your dog safe and comfortable.

  • Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.
  • Take your dog for very short walks on extremely hot days. Do your best to go early in the morning or late in the evening. Keep the air conditioner on all day. You may have a larger electric bill at the end of the month but keeping your dog cool will prevent expensive vet bills due to complications from overheating.
  • If you have to be outside with your dog for an extended period, you can cool them off by putting ice or water on their belly. Try to avoid putting ice or water on the top side of their coat because it will act as a sun absorbent instead of reflector.
  • Dogs only release heat by panting or minimally through their pads. They don’t sweat like us so they can overheat quickly. Complications arising from heat stroke could cost your dog’s life. Don’t take any chances during these hot summer months if you don’t have to.