Safe Ways to Enjoy Your Dog Despite the Heat!
- Fill a Kong toy with dog food and peanut butter and freeze it. Your dog will love having a
'kongsicle' on a hot day.
- Let your dog cool off in a kiddie pool complete with ice cubes for dunking.
- Take your dog to a nearby lake or pond and let him swim.
- Avoid taking your dog from air conditioned comfort to full blast heat, get him used to the hot weather by turning off the ac and opening the windows before you take him out in the heat.
- Avoid exercising your dog in the middle of the day when the temperature is peaking; instead try a quiet walk in the evening after the sun goes down.
- Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water available on very hot days.
- Avoid exercise for elderly dogs or dogs with pushed in faces ( breeds like pugs, boxers, boston terriers), these dogs can heat up quickly and have trouble cooling off.
- If your dog is outside during the day make sure he has plenty of shade and water available, and be sure that his surroundings are completely secure (I would only recommend a chain link run with a padlock, and never for more than a few hours at a time).
- If your dog is crated during the day while you are at work, set up a fan or invest in an air conditioner to help him stay cool.
- If you work long hours hire a petsitter (especially if your dog is crated) to come by and offer him water and an opportunity to go potty.
- Let your dog out to potty more often since on hot days he is more likely to drink more water than usual.
- Play quiet games that don't involve running, like hide and seek or catch or teach a trick so as not to overheat your pooch.
Keep in mind that dogs can't get rid of heat by sweating through their skin like we do. They change their temperature mostly by panting and some perspiring through their feet. If your dog seems woozy, can't stand up and looks distressed, rush him to the veterinarian immediately. Heat stroke in dogs in very serious and can result in death in minutes. Never leave your dog in the car on a hot day even with the ac on, cars can stall out and become death traps to our favorite companions, don't risk it !
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