Heatstroke in dogs is serious and deadly!
The best way to keep your pup safe is through prevention. Here are some great ways to help keep your dog safe in the summer heat.
Always provide plenty of cool water for your dog indoors and outdoors.
They lose a heavy amount of fluid through panting and they need to stay hydrated to stay cool.
Whether you are going for a hike in the woods or a run in the park, bring a water bottle with you and have your dog take several water breaks in the shade to avoid dehydration.
You can prevent dog heatstroke and dehydration by taking walks and playing during the cooler parts of the day.
Plan your outside doggie activities before and after peak sunshine time. In the USA, avoid 10 am to 4 pm daylight saving time.
Make sure to walk and play at a slower pace when it’s hot outside and take frequent breaks to cool down.
Avoid feeding your dog any food scraps or unhealthy treats and feed them a healthy dog food diet.
Never leave your dog in the car on any type of day!
Even with the windows cracked, your car can get as hot as an oven and will kill your dog in minutes.
Does your dog have long hair? If you are thinking about giving your pup a super short haircut this summer, be very careful how short you go.
Shorter hair won’t protect your dog from sunburn, it will reveal more skin.
The longer hair acts as a nice sun barrier that is protecting them from the sun.
So, yes, for the heat, give them a nice trim, but don’t take off too much of the length to prevent dog sunburn.
Avoid Dog Houses
Don’t let your dog hang out in an outdoor dog house.
Dog houses hold in the extreme heat because they don’t have the proper airflow to stay cool.
Provide a cool open-air, shaded area for your dog instead.
If it is just too blasted hot outside, you and your dog can enjoy some fun games and exercise in the cool air conditioning.
If you don’t have air conditioning, stay cool with some house fans or in a puppy pool.
Note: Never dunk your dog’s entire body in cold water. The sudden change in temperature could cause them to go into shock.