Protecting Your Dog From Hot Weather This Summer

With hot summer weather either here or on it’s way in much of the country, it’s important to know how to protect your dog from the dangerous effects of getting overheated.

Not only can hot weather make your dog uncomfortable, it can at times even be life threatening. 

On hot days, if your dog is outside, make sure he has a shady place in which to rest. A doghouse is not a good idea, as they can quickly overheat by trapping heat inside.

Get one of those relatively inexpensive child wading pools and fill it with several inches of water for your dog to jump in and cool down. 

Always provide a plentiful supply of fresh, clean cool water for your dog.

Don’t exercise your dog on really hot days, as this can lead to overheating.

Don’t allow your dog to walk on hot pavement or sand as this can burn his paw pads.

Never, ever (NEVER!!!) leave your dog in a closed vehicle for any length of time on a hot day. The interior of a vehicle can quickly reach a scorching 100 degrees in just 15 to 20 minutes. 

If you have a brachycephalic (short muzzle) dog, such as a pug, bulldog, a Boxer, Pekingese, Japanese Chin and others, be particularly careful, as these breeds are most susceptible to the heat because they don’t pant as efficiently as other dogs.

If at all possible, on very hot days, your dog should be inside the house with air conditioning.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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