While we wish you all a terrific summer and lots of fun with your family and pets, it’s time for a quick reminder for our dog’s health in the heat. A dog’s symptoms of heat stroke may include increased respiration, redness of gums, distressed or frantic behavior, profuse salivation, vomiting and diarrhea. Here are seven tips to stop your pooch from becoming a hot dog..
1. Never leave your dog in a car (even with the windows slightly down) on a hot day.
2. If your dog has white ears or nose, make sure you use a pet sunscreen. You can grab some from your local dog doctor or vet.
3. If your yard doesn’t have many shade trees it is very important that you construct some sort of well ventilated shade area for your dog.
4. Check the weather forecast and if it is going to be really hot make sure you take your dog for a walk early in the morning.
5. Make sure that you have a number of water bowls placed around the yard (in a shaded area) just in case one is tipped over.
6. If you have a metal tray in the back of your truck make sure that you put a cover over it so that your dog’s footpads don’t get burnt.
7. If you have shade trees, an open porch or constructed shade areas make sure that this is where you put the bog’s bed and kennel.