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  • Writer's pictureAndy Wiltz

Hot Weather Tips For Your Pup

With summertime here, the weather forecast is calling for sunshine and heatwaves! When you are outside with your pup it’s important to be aware of signs of overheating this summer season.

Unlike humans, dogs have fewer sweat glands that are located on their noses and foot pads. Because of this, dogs have a higher body temperature and less ability to cool down. Higher temperatures make it easier for them to overheat, causing heat exhaustion that can lead to potentially fatal conditions like heatstroke.

Let's dive into some ways to keep our furry four-legged friends safe!

Take extra precautions on humid days. Humidity means that it takes lower temperatures to get excessive heat exposure. Provide direct access to clean fresh water and cool surfaces away from the sun. If you are exercising your pup, make sure it is early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid intense heat and humidity. Avoiding sidewalks and pavement during the evenings to prevent their paw pads from burning. You can also wet the paws of the dog to help them cool off.

Never leave your pets in a parked car, not even for a minute. Parked cars in shaded areas with the windows down are still able to increase temperature much quicker than anticipated. Do not rely on fans to cool off your pet because they do not cool off animals as effectively as they do people.

Dogs that are more prone to overheating:

Older, obese, and young pups are prone to overheating. Along with dogs who have long or thick coats. Regular grooming appointments for haircuts or trims can help keep a pup cool in the summer months.

Brachycephalic; breeds that have short muzzles and flattened faces are more prone to overheating in the heat. A few examples of these breeds: Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzus, and French bulldogs. It is important to note that all dogs can overheat but for these guys, it can happen quicker due to their face shape.

Signs of Heat Exposure

If your pup likes to spend extra time outside and, in the sun, pay close attention to signs of overheating. Prevention is the best way to keep your dog protected in the heat.

Remember, if your dog is recovering from overheating it is important that they see the veterinarian for monitoring and treatment.

If your dog is experiencing excessive panting, difficulty breathing, excessive drooling, bloody diarrhea, mild weakness, stupor, collapse, seizures, or vomiting seek medical immediately.

If you need a safe place for your pups to play this summer, all of our Woof's locations have large indoor air conditioned play yards for pups to play in with out the worry of over-heating.

Have fun and stay safe in the summer months with your pup!

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