A little precaution will go a long way in helping your pets beat the heat.
As the scorching days of summer descend upon us, Dial A Minder Pet And Home Care offers pet owners a few simple steps to help ensure their best friend doesn’t get too hot under the collar.
With the warmer temperatures, it’s inevitable that more time will be spent outside. Dogs don’t have sweat glands, so they have to pant to cool themselves down. More than 200 pants per minute is a warning sign. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on your pets.
- If you leave the dog outside in the shade in the morning, it could be full sun by afternoon. Plan accordingly, and ensure there is plenty of shelter for your best friend.
- Leave plenty of water out, in multiple containers and locations.
- Do not exercise dogs or allow them to exercise or play hard during very hot weather or the hottest part of day. Exercise your dogs in the early morning and late evening after the sun has gone down.
- Do not let brachcephalic dogs (short-nosed breeds, such as bulldogs or pugs) over-exercise when it is hot outside. They are more susceptible to heat exhaustion, as are older dogs and dogs with dark coats.
- Dogs that have noisy breathing may have a medical condition. Have them examined by a vet and use caution with exercise in the heat.
- Never leave your dog in a parked car. The temperature inside a parked car with the windows closed can quickly soar to 50 C, long before you return.
Know What to do for Heat Exhaustion
Submerge or soak your dog in cool water as soon as you can. If you grab the hose to do this, make sure it’s running cool. Then wrap your dog in cool, wet towels as you get him or her to the vet as quickly as possible.
DO THIS regardless of how you think your pet is doing. Heat stroke can be serious.