Higher temperatures are rough on the family and that includes our four-legged friends. These weather hazard times are hard on our pups and we need to be sure to help them survive the heat.
Here are a few ways to help your pets.
On hot days it is essential to try and walk earlier in the morning. Temperature and sun exposure are lower at that time. Dogs can become overheated so the signs to watch for are excess panting and drooling. Later at night it may also be cooler. Beware of blacktop driveways and roads. They heat up and hold that temp which could hurt the dog’s paws.
Hydration is essential for the whole family including your pets. Keep a cold clean bowl of water for the dog in the house. Add ice to their water as a bit of play and a treat. Be sure if you go out that you bring water and a bowl for the pup. Make sure you offer the dog water.
A lot of dogs are fans of water and love to swim. You can purchase a small kiddie pool for the dog to play. Some of the dogs will even be willing to join you in the larger pools. There is fun to be had by the lake or ponds if they have swimming skills. Be careful with how much water the dog gulps. Dogs can get water intoxication. This is very dangerous.
Dogs also love to dig in a sandbox which is often cooler. Let them play there and then lay down in the sand. Cleaning sand off a dog is easier than dirt or mud. Watch that there are not bees in that area. Happy digging in the sand to them!
Frozen treats are a real thing for your pups. Simple ice cubes can be a treat, but you can also jazz up the ice with pureed strawberries, blueberries, pears, or melons. See which flavors they prefer and check with the vet to be on the safe side for your breed. There are also some other frozen treats for purchase at your local pet store.
Remember if it is too hot for you, it is too hot for them!