It’s getting hot outside and I know we’re probably in for an even hotter summer. Do you have any tips on making sure that we keep our dogs safe in the heat, especially when we’re on dog walks?
It’s Getting Hot in Here in The Heights
Dear It’s Getting Hot,
I applaud your efforts to continue exercising your dogs, even in hot weather. It’s tempting to get lax on dog walks when the weather is less than ideal, but by walking your dogs daily, you’re giving them a great form of exercise for both their minds and their bodies.
Now, to answer your question: You’re wise to heed the temperature and think about how it will affect your pets. Many folks don’t take their dog’s comfort into consideration when braving a hot day. Austin-based Pets Alive has put together a few tips for gauging your pet’s level of comfort when the weather is unbearably hot:
- Dogs are 10 times more likely to suffer from heat exhaustion than people. So if you are super hot, your dog is hotter.
- Dogs can only sweat through their mouth, feet and ears, which means they can’t dissipate heat like humans, who can sweat all over. If overheated, get them wet to speed the cooling process.
- Dogs need shade and water as much as possible.
- If a dog looks hot, react by decreasing their activity and get them to a cooler spot.
- Asphalt is hot, so try walking dogs on grass instead.
- Cats can overheat, too. They demonstrate being overheated by panting.
- Do not leave any pets in cars for any length of time. Ever. No exceptions. Dogs will overheat in minutes.
Pay attention on walks
Did you know your pooch lagging behind on a walk is about the most important indicator that your dog is too hot? If you see this happening, seek shade, water and slow down. Just a few more months of oppressively hot dog walks and then we’ll be back to picture-perfect weather — which both you and your dogs will appreciate.
Did you know?
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Pet of the Week
Meet Squishy. Squishy is a 10-year-old French Bulldog whose owner recently passed away. Despite her abrupt life changes, Squishy is happy, healthy and super friendly. Squishy loves people and really loves going for walks. She was obviously the queen of the castle with her previous owner and would love to resume her reign in her new home. To learn more about Squishy, visit www.animaljusticeleague.org.