How can I keep my Dog Properly Hydrated to avoid Heat Exhaustion?
With summer here and the heavy heat among us, it’s easy for us all to feel a bit lethargic. Heatstroke is a serious risk in dogs as it can be for humans. This normally happens when a dog loses its innate ability to regulate their own body temperature. Dogs do not sweat all over their bodies the way humans do to release heat and naturally cool. Panting, a shaded area and proper hydration are your best strategies to be proactive about your dogs overheating.
High-Heat Safety Tips to consider for your Dog:
Drink More Water.
Pups can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water. When you’re out for the day or even when it’s humid indoors, make cool water available. If your pup is not a big water drinker, consider lightly flavored pupsicles that you can make at home.
Hot Surfaces Hurt.
Be mindful of the hot sidewalk and blacktop. These can cause burning and irritation to the pads of the paws. Slide off your flip-flop, if the ground burns you its also hurting them. Try to take walks on the grass, especially during the mid-day heat.
Run for Cover!
Make sure your pup has a shady place to escape the sun. Direct heat can quickly sun-drain your dog. In moments of extreme heat, be careful not to over-exercise them. If your pup is exhausted by the heat, a cool towel wrap can help drop the body temperature.
Hot Cars Kill.
Leaving your pup in a parked vehicle is dangerous. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, but it is also illegal (or at least socially frowned upon) in most states.
Distracted or Danger?!
Unscreened windows can be a real danger to dogs gazing at squirrels, birds, and passing traffic. Close unscreened windows or doors in your home and confirm screens are tightly secured seasonally.
Pampered Lawn or Pampered Pooch?
Be cautious of lawn care chemicals and keep citronella candles, tiki torch products, and insect coils of out dogs’ reach.