Summer Heat and Your Dog

Summer weather may be beautiful for us humans most of the time, however its a different story for your pooch. Heatstroke is the most common concern during the summer season, and here are some top tips to help keeping your furry friend cool.
1. One of the greatest signs of over heating is fatigue. If you are out on a walk or roaming around your yard and see your pooch getting very tired, carry him or her in the house if you can, and make sure the temperature is cooler than outdoors, use a fan, and have some cold water ready.
2. Do not let the temperature fool you, always pay attention to the humidity as well. The mixture of heat and moisture can fatigue you and your dog much quicker than usual.
3. Be mindful of what time of day your walking your dog. The safest times are usually first thing in the early morning, or later evening after the sun has set.
4.  Do not use ice packs on your dog if they have gotten over heated. The cold form the ice will constrict the blood vessels, therefore not allowing the heat to escape for him or her to cool down. If you suspect your dog is having a heat stroke, call your nearest animal hospital right away and have your dog treated immediately.
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