Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The heat is on!

Summer is here! Long days on the beach, sunshine, and ice cream are parts of the vacation fun. What's wonderful for us isn't necessarily as nice for our four-legged friends, though. Here are some tips on how to keep pets out of the heat.

  • Keep an eye on the water bowl. You might need to refill it more often than usual.
  • Offer cool treats - like a chew toy with frozen peanut butter. 
  • Some dogs like to sit in front of a fan.
  • Never leave your pet in the car. 
  • Stay inside during the heat of the day. If you can't touch the asphalt with your hand or bare foot, it's too hot for the dog. Some breeds might also need doggie sunscreen.

Watch out for heatstroke. Symptoms include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting, and collapse. If you think your dog might have heatstroke, go to the vet! Breeds with shorter noses, puppies, and senior dogs are more susceptible than others.

The below infograph comes from petfinder.com. They have many more tips on how to make summer enjoyable for both people and pets.


Signs-of-heatstroke-in-dogs


1 comment:

  1. Luckily, our heat wave was only a few weeks in July and now we are back to nice cool weather. That hot stuff is no fun but we sure enjoy having a/c at home!

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