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Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dogs

Jun 28, 2018 05:15PM

Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dogs

Dogs are susceptible to heat-related injuries just like humans, which is why we need to be aware of the indicators of overheating including excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart or respiratory rate, drooling, glazed eyes, and lethargy or wobbly feet when standing. Here are some preventative measures you can take to keep your pets safe during the hot summer months. 

Always have fresh clean water ready for Fido. Dogs can get dehydrated quickly if they’re in the heat for too long.

Make sure they have plenty of shade if left outside for the day. Bring your dog inside during extreme heat.

Provide frequent breaks while playing hard or if exposed to hot temps for longer periods of time.

Never leave a dog in a hot vehicle. Consider putting a note on the dashboard to remind you that your dog is in the car so you won’t forget to take them out. 

Dogs with pushed-in faces or shorter muzzles have a harder time breathing and therefore have a harder time cooling themselves down; watch extra closely for signs of heat exhaustion. 

Dogs sweat but not much—they mainly sweat from their pads. Most of their heat is released by panting and if they breathe very hot air they have difficulty cooling down. Note: Dogs that are lower to the ground tend to heat up more quickly from the radiant heat.

Dogs’ paws a can be sensitive to hot surfaces. Asphalt tends to get the hottest, so if you see your dog “tap dancing” their paws are hot. Get them moving or get under the shade. Try to exercise them in the earlier hours of the day.

Look for a dog-approved sunscreen that’s usually for their noses.

It is not recommended to shave dogs since their fur protects them from the UV rays.

Michael Harrison

Michael Harrison, Dog Training Manager  //  Folsom Dog Resort and Training Center  //  120 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom  //  916-439-7202,

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