Posted on 07-16-2016
"We're having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave.
It isn't surprising, the temperature's rising
she certainly can can-can"
This song, written by Irving Berlin is certainly catchy but that doesn't mean that your canine friend is up for dancing when it is hot. With the heat and humidity, summer brings a whole host of concerns of which you need to be aware, to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Bait the Water
If your dog is hesitant to drink or drinks very little, try lightly baiting his/her water. A little kibble, some meat, or leftover juices from one of your meals will entice your dog to drink more water. Or, for an outside treat, freeze a large tub of water flavored with chicken broth (low sodium, or boil your own chicken breast for chicken salad for you and save the broth). You can even freeze a few of your pet's favorite rubber toys in the ice for a fun scavenger hunt!
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle)
Train your dog to drink out of a squirt bottle. Not only can you give your dog sips of water but, more importantly, you can rinse out your dog's mouth, removing the drool so he/she cools more efficiently. Make sure your dog is drinking water before and after exercise. A simple way to get your dog to drink more is to add water to his/her meal. Once trained and habituated, a dog will often drink an extra 2-4 cups of water with his/her meal. Use a large, shallow bowl or pan for a water dish. When the water in the dish is less than 1-inch-deep your dog will consume more.
Another great use for a water bottle is to squirt water between your dog's toes and foot pads. You can also squirt water onto your dog's belly. All these things will help cool him/her down. If you have the space, an inexpensive way to beat the heat is to purchase a plastic baby pool in which your dog can "swim". Be aware of the water temperature though - when first filled, the water may be too cold so allow it warm a bit before introducing it to your pet. Since it is shallow, the pool may heat up quickly in hot weather - add cooler water as needed. Another fun outside activity is sprinkler play. Watch your pet closely as the grass can get very slippery very fast.
Morning & Night (NOT) Noon
Exercise your dog during the cooler times of the day.
If possible, avoid hot surfaces like pavement and contained spaces near buildings.
Hot Rods - Hot Dogs
Do NOT leave your dog in the car unattended. It doesn't take long for the interior of a car to drastically increase in temperature. Even with the window cracked, the surrounding glass of the windows act like a greenhouse and greatly increase the inside temperature.
What's The Hurry?
Whatever you're doing, remember to take frequent breaks to allow your dog to relax. Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion
~ Most Importantly ~
Do not hesitate and contact us if you think your pet is in distress from the heat! Quick action can save your pet's life!
We offer 24 hour services in the event of an emergency.
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