For us, we know what to do when it gets hotter. We wear different clothing, put on sun tan lotion, wear hats to keep us slightly cooler, carry water with us, keep the AC on us when we are driving, etc.
…But what about your dog who is walking next to you? There isn’t a way he can dress differently. He can’t carry a water bottle in his purse.
There are things you can do to keep your dog cooler in the summertime and keep him safe from health risks that come with the heat.
First, you should know what can come of excessive heat with your dog. Any dog can get a heat stroke if he or she is out too long in the sun. Extra precautions should be taken for any geriatric dogs. Symptoms of a heatstroke include excessive panting which can be followed by a collapse. If you are out on a walk during a hot day, please carry water with you or go to a pet friendly park or beach where they normally supply water.
Another thing people don’t generally realize is the pads of your pup’s feet. You can think of the pads of their feet as being as tough as a hard callous on your hands or feet. Your pup’s pads can get too hot and burned if walking on asphalt or even extremely hot sand. Particular attention should be paid to light dogs who have pink/tan pads. You can put suntan lotion on them to help with this. If your dog will let you, little shoes on his feet would obviously go a long way.
If you are wanting to spend time out in the sun, consider being in areas where your dog can get in the water when he wants to. Ensure this is a supervised activity. We recently had a dog come in who over-watered himself while swimming. He drank and drank and was very close to death. He is doing great now, but we wanted to let you know that the reverse effect can also occur. So, ensure your dog has sufficient water (not too little and not too much) for the temperature outside and remains cooled.
Have good summer fun this year!