Help your Pup Beat the Heat

posted: by: js Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Keep your dog cool outside on a hot day.  Make sure he has a shady spot to rest in and plenty of fresh cool drinking water. Doghouses are not always good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You can try filling a child's wading pool or using a sprinkler to allow your dog to keep cool.


Never leave your dog in a vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.


Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun's heat is less intense. Even an athletic dog who jogs daily needs to be cautious on summer days to avoid heat stroke.


Your pets paw pads may be rough but they are also quite sensitive. Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog's paws. Walk on grass or dirt if available. Check your dogs paws for redness or soreness after walking.


Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning.


Concerned your pet might be overheating? Heat stroke signs include excessive or exaggerated panting, lethargy, weakness, drooling, high fever, dark red gums, rapid heartbeat, unresponsiveness to surroundings and vomiting.

If you suspect heat stroke cool your pet with wet cloths under the arm pits, groin area and back of the neck. Do not submerge your pet in cool water or an ice bath which can cause damage by constricting the vessels. 


 Please call our office immediately if you have any concerns about your pet overheating. Stay Cool!!!!