Keeping Your Canines Cool In The Dog Days Of Summer

beagleThe summer months can be a great time to enjoy spending more time enjoying the outdoors with your pet. The days are longer and the weather is warmer. Especially in the Upstate area, it can get pretty hot!  The ASPCA recently posted a set of summer tips on their website. We’ve included some of our favorites below.

Know What Heat Exhaustion Looks Like

Dogs often don’t know when to quit, even when they’re getting dangerously hot. Know what heat exhaustion can look like in a canine. Some common symptoms can include difficulty breathing, heavy panting, faster than normal heart and breathing rates. It could even include excessive drooling, stupor, or collapse. Don’t overdo the outdoor activity when it’s hot out.

Party Responsibly

Dogs are a fun addition to any picnic get together or barbeque. When bringing your best friend along, remember there are some foods humans really enjoy that are poisonous to dogs. Some of the more common summer picnic foods that are toxic to dogs include chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, and anything that has the sweetener Xylitol in it.

Swim Safely

You’re not the only one who needs a life vest when you’re out on the water for the day. If you’re out motoring on the lake or in the ocean, make sure your dog is wearing a floatation device. If you’re relaxing poolside, make sure your dog is supervised. Make sure you’re dog doesn’t treat the pool like a giant water bowl. Pool chemicals can make a dog’s stomach pretty upset. When you’re done for the day, rinse your dog off. That will remove any chlorine or salt from their coat.

Keep It Shady

When it’s really hot out, make sure your dogs have plenty of fresh, cool water and a shady place to rest. Indoors is the best place for dogs when the mercury starts to rise.

Keep It Smart On The Street

On warm days, hot asphalt on the street can burn your dog’s paws badly. The heat radiating off of the street can also make your dog overheat more quickly, especially in dogs with lower clearance. Make sure you’re going out early or later in the evening. If you do need to go out in the heat of the day, keep your dog on the concrete sidewalks. The lighter color will keep them cooler.


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