Helping Your Dog Beat the Heat This Summer


Most everyone knows that hot weather can be dangerous. Heat stroke and hyperthermia claim human victims every summer. And the hotter the temperatures, of course, the greater the risks.

So take care to keep your cool this summer. But also remember to take care of your pets, because the heat can be fatal for them as well.


Here are 10 tips from the AVA for keeping your pet safe and comfy through this scorching summertime season:

  • Keep plenty of water available for your pet at all times. Make sure the water is cool and fresh, and keep it in the shade.
  • Put out multiple bowls of water on really hot days. Use bowls that can’t be tipped, and place them in a shady and (relatively!) cool spot.
  • Older pets are even more susceptible to the heat, so keep a special eye on them. Watch for indications that they are having trouble breathing.
  • Dogs tend to enjoy sitting in the sun. But lots of time spent in the sun can cause heat stroke and increase the risk of skin cancers. So be sure to provide a shady area for your dog at all times.
  • Help your dog cool off with a kid’s paddling pool. Put just a couple of inches of water in it, and place it in a shady location.
  • Add a few cubes of ice to your pets’ water bowls. They’ll enjoy it, and it will help to keep their body temperature down;
  • If your pets can’t be in an air-conditioned area, consider placing a fan where it will blow on them.
  • Exercise your pets only in the early morning or late evening. Avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Freeze some treats and give them to your pets. It will keep them busy for a while and help cool them down.
  • Some long-haired dogs will benefit from a trim. Check with your vet.

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