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Over-Heated Pups

Dr. Kat gives her advice on how to cool down your hot dogs!

As the summer heat intensifies, it's crucial for dog owners to take proactive measures to ensure their furry companions stay safe and comfortable. Here are four essential tips to help your dogs deal with the extreme heat:

  1. Provide Ample Shade and Water: Create a shaded area in your yard where your dog can retreat from the sun's rays. Use a canopy, umbrella, or a designated shady spot with trees. Additionally, ensure your dog has access to cool, fresh water at all times. Consider using a pet fountain or leaving multiple water bowls around the house and yard.
  2. Schedule Outdoor Activities Wisely: Plan your dog's outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Avoid going outside during peak heat hours, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when temperatures are at their highest.
  3. Protect Their Paws and Skin: Pavement and sand can become scorching hot during summer days, potentially causing burns and discomfort to your dog's paws. Walk your dog on grassy areas or use protective booties. Additionally, consider applying pet-safe sunscreen to areas with thin or light-colored fur, such as the nose and ears.
  4. Use Cooling Products and Techniques: Help your dog cool down with various methods. Wet a towel with cool water and place it over your dog's body, paying extra attention to their belly and paws. You can also invest in a cooling mat or bed specially designed to regulate body temperature. Freeze treats or create ice cubes with dog-friendly ingredients like broth or small pieces of fruit to provide a refreshing snack.

Remember, if you notice signs of heat exhaustion in your dog, such as excessive panting, drooling, rapid breathing, weakness, or collapse, it's vital to seek veterinary assistance immediately. By implementing these tips, you can create a safe and comfortable environment for your furry friend to beat the heat and enjoy the summer season.

Dr. Kat, a certified Canine Rehab Therapist and Arizona native, understands the challenges of summer. She wants to help keep your pup happy, and healthy year-round, ensuring the summer heat doesn't take away the fun.

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