Important Safety Tips for Summer’s Dog Days

Our dogs suffer from the heat and humidity, just as we do. Although puppies and older dogs are at greatest risk of summertime health problems like heat exhaustion and dehydration, any pet can fall victim. 

Here are some reminders to ensure your pet doesn't suffer:

  • If your dog spends time outdoors, be sure he has a shady spot where he can get out of the sun. A product like the Kool Collar, which comes with a reusable ice pack, can provide added comfort.
  • On very hot days, keep your dog indoors in a room with air conditioning or a fan. 
  • Don't exercise her in midday heat. Keep daytime potty walks short, and walk your dog on grass not asphalt, which can burn her pads. 
  • Be sure fresh water is available throughout the day. For outdoor pets, a Cool Pup Faucet flips to any outdoor faucet so a dog can get fresh water with just a lick. 
  • Don't go overboard with summer haircuts. A pet's coat creates a layer of insulation to keep cool air near the skin, so it's best not to shave it off unless it's badly matted. 
  • Never leave your dog in the car - even with the windows open. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, on an 80-degree day, temps inside a vehicle can rise to more than 100 degrees in just 10 minutes. 
  • If your dog shows any signs of heat stress - rapid panting, drooling or difficulty maintaining balance - get him into a cool, well ventilated area, offer water and apply cold towels to his head, neck, and chest. If symptoms don't improve, get him to your vet. 
Remember, when it comes to summer heat - if you're uncomfortable, your dog is too.