5 Hot Weather Safety Tips for Your Dog
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As the US experiences record high heat, dogs are at an especially high risk of heatstroke, exhaustion, and paw burns. Take the proper cautions to protect your pet this summer by following these simple hot weather safety tips:
1. Never leave your dog unaccompanied in your car.
During the summer months, it’s best to leave your pet home when running errands or travelling. But if you must take your pup with you on car trips, be sure to never leave him in your car when it’s off. Even on a 70 degree day, the temperature inside a car can rise to over 120 degrees. Many pet owners think cracking a window is sufficient to cool a dog in a hot, parked car. However, even with the windows open, parked cars can heat up to temperatures above 100 degrees, causing heatstroke or suffocation.
2. Avoid glass pet bowls outside.
You always want to supply your pet with cool, clean water when he spends time outside. However, often the choice water bowl is made from glass. In high heat, glass can shatter, risking injury to both pets and pet owners. What’s more, on sunny days, glass bowls can start fires on decks or dry grass. When choosing outdoor pet bowl, go with a material that doesn’t conduct heat, like silicone or heat-safe stainless steel.
3. Always provide unlimited access to cool, clean water and shade.
As we previously touched on, it’s important to always provide access to water outdoors or indoors for any pet. It’s also just as important to make sure your pets have a place to cool down in the shade. Outside, this could mean a dog house or awning. Indoors, make sure there are areas of your home that are cool with plenty of air circulation.
4. Avoid walking your dog on hot surfaces such as asphalt.
On hot days, asphalt can heat up to extreme temperatures, which can burn or irritate your pet’s paws. When walking and exploring with your dog this summer, stick to yards and grassy areas. Limit walking on cement and asphalt as much as possible.
5. Know your pet and his breed.
Some breeds of dogs and cats are more susceptible to heatstroke or exhaustion. For instance, short-nosed dog and cat breeds have a harder time cooling down after strenuous runs and walks. Also, long-haired breeds may be due for a haircut during the summer. Your pet’s specific health needs should also be considered. Asthmatic pets and immune-compromised pets will need more care and attention than other cats and dogs.