Summer Fun and Summer Precautions
Summer’s finally here, and with it brings the desire of everyone to get outside and explore the great outdoors. This desire is just as strong in our furry pals. As we all know, with the arrival of summer comes the dangers of high temps. And, while you want to be sure to stay safe in these high temperatures, you want to pay just as much attention to your fur buddies, as the heat will get them quicker than it does humans.
What to look for?
Seeing as though dogs have several layers of fur on them, heat can affect them dramatically. However, that doesn’t mean you want to shave your dog’s coat off. It acts as insulation and actually helps to keep them cool. However, the sheer weight factor of the coat means you need to take extra precaution to ensure your pet doesn’t succumb to the heat. Certain signs to look for include:
- Severe Panting
- Excessive Drooling
- Small amounts of urine or none at all
- Rapid, or irregular, heart beats.
All of these are early signs of heat stress, or exhaustion, for a dog. If you start to see these signs, get your dog inside and drinking as soon as possible. If they continue, or if you dog seems to not be interested in drinking, get them to a vet immediately.
How to reduce Heat Stress
There are many things that you, as their owner, can do to limit the effect the heat has on your dog. Again, do not shave the dogs fur off; it will shed naturally and can then be brushed away. Instead, follow these simple steps to help keep them cool.
Keep them in the shade as much as possible
If you are outdoors, whether it be exercising or hiking a local trail, be sure to find shade often and take frequent breaks. If you are outside at home, maybe during a family gathering or other event, be sure that your dog has the chance to get in the shade or go inside. Whatever you do, don’t confine them to a hot environment for too long.
Allow them access to constant water
On a normal day, dogs should drink one ounce of water for every pound of their weight. On a hot day, this can double, or triple, depending on your dog’s activity level. If possible, get a waterer that will refill constantly from a water hose. If that’s not possible, be sure the dog’s water bowl stays fresh and cool. Luke warm, or hot, water doesn’t taste refreshing to you; the same is true for your pooch, too.
What is boils down to is showing your dog love by caring for their needs. They can’t speak audibly to you but their actions and body language can speak volumes. Stay attentive and ensure you have many summers with your furry pals.
Have a great summer from Happy Valley Kennel!