Protect Your Dog From Summer Heat

by Bark Butter

What can a Fur-Parent do to prevent heat stroke? Be smart and proactive!

Here are six ways you can help your pet maintain their body temperature and avoid heat stroke this summer:

  • 1. When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces like asphalt and cement or even the back of the ute or tradie van. Being so close to the ground can heat their body quickly and is also an invitation for burns on sensitive paw pads. Keep walks to a minimum.Use the rule of thumb, if its too hot for your foot its far to hot for them. 
  • 2. Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut can help prevent overheating, but never shave to the skin. Dogs need one inch of protection to prevent sunburns.
  • 3. Provide access to fresh water at all times. Make certain an outside dog has access to shade and plenty of cool water. Freeze watermelon or add some ice to the water bucket. Never feed your dog ice cubes directly.
  • 4. Restrict exercise when temperatures soar, and do not muzzle your dog because it inhibits their ability to pant. Watch the temperature and humidity levels together 
  • 5. Many dogs enjoy a swim, splashing in a wading pool, or a run through a sprinkler in warmer weather. This can help bring body temperatures down.
  • 6. Never leave your dog in the car, not even if you park in the shade or plan to be gone for only a few minutes. The temperature inside of a car can reach oven-like temperatures in just minutes. That quick errand can turn into a disaster and could be fatal for your pet

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