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Keeping Your Dog Cool In Warm Weather - Here's a few tips!

Keeping Your Dog Cool In Warm Weather - Here's a few tips!

Posted by Inner Wolf on 22nd May 2023

It's extremely important to ensure that dogs stay cool in warm weather, as they are susceptible to heat-related illnesses and can easily become overheated. Here are some tips to help keep dogs cool during hot weather:

  1. Provide access to shade: Make sure your dog has access to shady areas throughout the day, especially during the hottest hours. This could be under a tree, a patio umbrella, or inside a well-ventilated room.
  2. Fresh water: Always keep a bowl of cool, clean water available for your dog. Change the water frequently and consider using a pet fountain to keep it fresh and enticing.
  3. Avoid hot surfaces: Pavement, asphalt, and sand can get scorching hot and burn your dog's paws. Try to walk them on grassy areas or use protective booties if you must walk on hot surfaces.
  4. Limit exercise during peak heat: Avoid vigorous exercise during the hottest times of the day. Instead, opt for walks or playtime in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler.
  5. Never leave your dog in a parked car: Even with the windows cracked, temperatures inside a car can rise dangerously high within minutes, leading to heatstroke or even death. If you need to run errands, leave your dog at home.
  6. Provide cooling options: You can offer your dog various cooling options, such as a damp towel or cooling mat for them to lie on. You can also use a children's pool or sprinkler for them to play in and cool down, or a dog cooling coat.
  7. Watch for signs of overheating: Be vigilant for signs of overheating in your dog, including excessive panting, drooling, rapid breathing, lethargy, vomiting, or collapse. If you notice these symptoms, move your dog to a cool area, offer water, and contact a veterinarian.

Remember, each dog is unique, and certain breeds are more prone to heat-related issues, such as brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds. It's important to be mindful of your dog's individual needs and take appropriate measures to keep them cool and safe during warm weather.

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