Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to think about your dog’s seasonal health and safety. Hot weather doesn’t always treat our canine companions very well (especially older dogs)! Here are a few tips on keeping your four-legged friend safe this summer.
Avoid Dehydration and Heatstroke
It’s very easy for dogs to suffer from dehydration and potentially deadly heatstroke when they’re left out in the elements for too long. After all, your dog is wearing a permanent coat of fur. Don’t allow your dog to remain outdoors on hot days for very long—instead, bring Fido back indoors to cool off in the air conditioning. Provide a large dish of cool, fresh water for your dog to drink.
Summer Exercise Warning
It is hot in the summer in Las Vegas with temperatures rising to the point that the
sidewalks and asphalt will burn the pads on the paws. If you want to exercise your pets outside it should be done in the early hours of the morning during summer months. Indoor exercise is a great solution for the hot summer months. Here are a few ideas:
- In two-story homes, tossing a piece of kibble down the stairs for the pet to fetch.
When they come up you toss down the next piece of their meal
- Toys are available that allow/require the pet to play with the toy to get their piece
of dry food out. This is great exercise during meal time.
Don’t Leave Fido in the Car
Even on milder days in the 80 to 100 degree range, the temperature inside a car parked in the sun can skyrocket to well over 150 degrees in just a few minutes. Cracking a window won’t help! It’s important that you never leave your dog in a hot car on a summer day, because heatstroke can set in very quickly. Ask yourself if you really need to bring your dog along, and leave them at home if you don’t.
Enjoy the summer!
Your Friends at Creature Comfort Animal Hospital