Hydration is key, especially in the summer months! Luckily, dogs love water so it shouldn’t be too hard keeping your dog hydrated. Make sure your pup has an adequate supply of clean and fresh water in a couple places around the house and the yard. You can even put ice cubes in their water bowl to keep the water cooler longer! If you are taking your dog(s) on a walk or hike then make sure to bring a collapsible dog bowl or squirt bottle so that it is easy to give your pup water.
2. Avoid the Midday Heat
If it is possible then you should try to walk or dog in the early mornings or evenings. Remember to check the pavement on the sidewalks before you go for a walk. If it is too hot for your hand, then it’s too hot for your dogs’ paws.
3. Don’t Sit in a Parked Car
Temperatures in cars can quickly rise to dangerous levels so never leave your dog in a car alone. Having your dog in the car with air conditioning is fine. Keep an eye on your pup for panting though!
4. Keep your Dog Well Groomed
Regularly brushing your dog can help get rid of excess hair that can make them hotter. If your dog has a longer coat, then it might be time to get it trimmed especially if your dog has to spend time outside.
5. SPF Sunscreen
Even dogs can get sunburned! If your dog has a lot of exposed skin or burns easily then it might be time to get your dog a sunscreen that is safe for pets. Not all sunscreen that is safe for us is safe for pets. Some sunscreens contain zinc oxide, which is toxic for dogs. We recommend investing in a sunscreen that is specifically designed for pets.
Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs:
- Excessive panting and/or salivating
- Noticeable discomfort
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea