How to protect our dogs in the Summer Heat
Hair coats can be dreadful in the summer for our dogs!
Tips on protecting pets in the heat
· Don’t walk or run your dog in the heat. That may seem obvious right? But we see it every day in the Arizona scorching heat! Try to take early morning short walks or late evening walks.
· Never, Ever, Ever keep your pets in parked cars! Or children for that matter! Finally some Laws are being placed that fines owners who are found with their pet's inside a hot car. Just the other day a celebrity was found guilty of leaving her dog in a hot car! Do you know who she is?
· Be prepared for travel emergencies. What are some things that could happen if your car broke down while traveling with your pet and while you waited you used your only bottle of water?
· Bring a cooler with ice.
· Bring a battery powered fan.
· Have a towel that you can soak in the melted part of the ice in the cooler and place it over your pet’s head and/or body.
Cooling an overheated Dog at home
We are all human. Even the worst mistakes can happen to people with good intentions. Most of us have busy schedules and can forget. It can be a true tragedy. If you inadvertently leave your dog outside and find him overheated there are a few things you can do at home:
Move him indoors and cool him down slowly. Don't plunge an overheated dog into ice water! This is usually what most people think they should do. This causes the peripheral blood vessels to contract actually trapping the overheated blood at the body's core -- just where it does most harm.
Instead, cool the dog slowly by placing him in cool water or by draping him with wet towels and aiming a fan at him. Once the dog is not panting hard, and has been able to get up and move around, offer him cool water. Do not try to force a dog who is heavily panting, to drink water!
Not All Dogs Can Swim!
Although swimming is a great exercise in warm weather make sure your dog can swim first! Some breeds, such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and Pekingese, have the swimming ability of cinder blocks. Even good swimmers can drown in backyard pools if they don't know where the steps are to climb out. Be cautious of your dog swallowing too much pool water that could aspirate into his lungs. Never leave your dog un-attended around the pool.
Dogs and UV Rays
Dogs, especially light-skinned dogs and white dogs, can get sunburn and melanoma cancer just like people can. If your dog likes to be in the sun rub a sun block on his belly and the top of his nose, the most common sites for sunburn. Most sun block is safe especially if you put it in places he cannot lick. Distract him for several minutes after you apply the sun block.
IF IT’S TOO HOT FOR YOUR FEET IT’S TOO HOT FOR YOUR PETS!
Thanks pet parents! We will continue to provide articles, tips and links to help you and your pets survive the hot summer!