Keeping Fido & Fluffy Safe During the “Dog Days” of Summer

When the spring and summer approach, you get the urge to enjoy the great outdoors. What a perfect time to take the dog or dogs out for a jog or nice, long walk. Dogs love all the sights, sound and smell of nature as much as you do. However, when it comes to the heat of summer, there are precautions you should take regarding the health and safety of your pets.

You must remember that a dog does not sweat like we do in order to cool itself – their cooling mechanism is through panting. If the dog is overheated, it can be affected with heatstroke, which can be fatal. The warning signs of overheating are: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased respiratory rate, drooling, weakness, stupor or collapse. Seizures and bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature are also symptoms. If you notice any of these signs call your veterinarian immediately. Even healthy pets are vulnerable to heat stroke and sunburn. As long as you are prepared, your daily summer dog walks should be all about fun If it is extremely hot out, take frequent short breaks with your dog, especially if it seems to be panting excessively. Always have plenty of water for you and your dog. They have collapsible bowls available for this purpose for pets. Keep your dog away from puddles which can have toxins from outdoor elements. Dogs seem to be attracted to standing water, which can cause severe illness.

Avoid walking on blacktop or other hot surfaces that can burn the pads of your dog. On the other hand, don’t allow your dog to “graze” on grass and around flower beds that can be treated with chemicals and pesticides. Keep your walks with your dog short during excessive heat and hydrate him often. If you note the dog is walking slower, getting lethargic and breathing heavily, it may be a sign that you need to end your walk and find a cool pool or tub of water in order to get relief for your overheated pet. Enjoy the time with your dog by taking necessary precautions for safety – for both of you.

Here are a few tips from the ASPCA to keep in mind:

We at Pet Sitters Club wish you a happy and safe summer!