Dog Days of Summer

I am a worrier by nature and when the temperature is consistently over 95 degrees I start worrying about our furry friends. Particularly when I see people running with their dog during the heat of the day or even worse, riding a bike with their dog alongside. Yikes! Of course, I didn’t want to presume that this was necessarily a bad thing and luckily for me, I have experts “in the house!” (i.e. I asked Dr. Welch!)  Here are her tips and strategies for managing your pup in the heat:

Outdoor Safety Tips in High Temperatures:

  • Provide animals with plenty of fresh, clean water.  You can also freeze chicken broth into ice cubes as a cool, fun snack for dogs!
  • Provide animals with adequate shade and shelter.
  • If outside longer than 15 minutes, water your animal down with a hose and/or provide a clean water bath where they can cool off in the shade.
  • Avoid the heat of the day.  Early mornings or evenings are recommended for exercise.
  • Brachycephalic breeds (short nosed breeds such as Boxers, Boston Terriers, Pugs, etc.) are at a higher risk for heat stroke.

With the high temperatures it’s also important to recognize the signs of dehydration.

Signs of Dehydration:

  • Excessive panting
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Lethargy and/or change in attitude
  • Vocalization
  • Seizures

Keep your pups safe this summer by being smart about the heat and keeping your eye out for signs of dehydration!

-Cary Bernstein, Founder & Executive Director & Dr. Welch, Medical Director

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