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How to Keep Your Dog Cool During Long Heat Spells

Red Mini Poodles OutsideSummer’s heat can make you feel lethargic and sticky, and it can even become dangerous if you don’t take necessary precautions.

As humans, we have the capability to wear less clothing, find ample shade and shelter from the sun, obtain relief in air conditioned rooms or swimming pools and we can drink water as much as possible to stay cool. Dogs don’t have the same luxuries, and must depend on their owner to ensure they don’t get overheated. They have a thick coat of fur they cannot remove when they get too warm and other than a panting drooling mouth, they can’t vocalize when they’re in dire need shade and water.

Keeping your dog cool during the summer months is key to their health. Here are some tips for keeping your dog cool when it’s hot outside.

  1. Watch for signs of dehydration, which are excessive drooling, bloodshot eyes, and skin that take a long time to fall back into place after lifted.
  2. Provide plenty and frequent bowls of water for hydration.
  3. Use a kiddie pool in the shade. It is fun and a great way to keep your dog cool.
  4. Dogs cool from the bottom up so make sure you spray the paws and legs with water.
  5. Doggie boots will keep your dog’s paws from getting burned on the scalding pavement.
  6. Exercise your dog early in the morning and late in the evenings when the sun is low and humidity has calmed down.
  7. Never, ever leave your dog in a parked car with the windows up.
  8. Keep your dog indoors as much as possible when the temperatures outside are too hot.

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