Dogs And Heat Don’t Mix
Here are some rules of thumb to keep your pups safe in the heat.
Here at Secondwind, we’re a little over the top about our pups. Water is central to human health as well as canine health, so make sure the water you use to keep your pups from overheating is treated.
Here are 6 tips to keep in mind as the dog days of summer descend:
- Never leave your dog in a parked car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
- Humidity is a killer. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature skyrockets to dangerous levels.
- Limit exercise on hot days.Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Always carry water with you.
- Don’t rely on a fan. They don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people.
- Provide shade and water. When outside, make sure your dog has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. Add ice cubes often. A doghouse does not provide heat relief, in fact, it makes it worse.
- Cool your pet inside and out. Make popsicles for your dog out of peanut butter, bananas or applesauce. Take them for a swim, or give them a cool bath. Try out cooling vests!
Summer heat is no joke for dogs, and much like kids, they won’t always take care of themselves in the heat the way they should. There are so many ways to keep your pups cool and have fun at the same time. Here are some fun indoor activities that you can do with your pups when it’s just too hot to be outside with them.