Summer pet safety: Cool off your hot dogs!

 Max playing in the yard

Warm-weather precautions 

Decrease the risks of letting your pet enjoy the outdoors in summer with these tips:

  • Adjust their exercise routine by taking them out for playtime in the early morning and evening hours. This is especially important if your dog is your jogging partner. While you can alter the type of clothing you wear, your dog can’t. Many dogs will keep running to stay with you, even if they are suffering due to the heat.
  • Be cautious when walking your dog on pavement (which can get very hot and may burn your pet’s paws) and at the beach. Running on sand is strenuous and can cause injury to a pet that is out of shape. Start with slower, shorter walks and gradually increase according to your pet’s ability and health.
  • Provide your pet with plenty of water.
  • Try a simple keep-cool tactic such as soaking a bandanna in water and putting it in the freezer before you put it on your dog to wear on a walk.
  • Make sure your pet has plenty of access to a shady area to rest when outdoors. During supervised playtime in the yard your pet might enjoy access to a child’s wading pool to cool off in.



Perhaps most important, be sure never to leave your pet unsupervised in a car.  Even on a mild day a car can heat up quickly and your pet could suffer heatstroke.

Signs of heatstroke
Some of the signs of heatstroke include (but are not limited to): excessive panting; rapid breathing; excessive drooling; dark or bright red tongue or gums; staggering; body temperature of 104-110 F degrees and bloody diarrhea or vomiting. If heatstroke is suspected, contact your veterinarian immediately. Offer your pet ice cubes to lick, Pedialyte to restore electrolytes and apply rubbing alcohol to its paws. If you apply water, be sure it is cool and not very cold, which could cause shock.

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