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How to Keep Your Dog Safe When it’s Hot

We’ve transitioned from the cold winds and low temperatures of winter to the beating sun and hot days of summer. Is your dog ready for the change? Here, your Milford vet offers tips to keep your pooch safe when it gets hot.

Hydrate

Of course, your pet needs to stay well-hydrated throughout the warm summer months. Make sure your dog’s water dish is constantly filled with cool, fresh water. If your dog spends extended periods outdoors, put an additional bowl outside and slip some ice cubes in it periodically to keep it cool.

Provide Shade

Shade is also very important if your dog is going to be outside for a while. A dog will love a shady spot to cool off under after he’s been out in the hot sun. If there aren’t adequate shade trees in your yard, try making your own shade by setting up a tent or hanging a sheet.

Watch for Heatstroke

Heatstroke can prove deadly if not treated quickly, so be on the lookout for the first warning signs. Excessive panting and drooling are the first symptoms, and weakness, stumbling, vomiting, diarrhea, and collapse will likely follow. Move your pet to a cooler area at the first sign of heatstroke, letting him drink water, and call your vet immediately to see how to proceed.

Car Safety

Of course, you should never leave a dog in a parked car during the summer. Even on milder days, the temperature inside a parked car can heat up to over 100 degrees in a few short minutes. When you’re driving with your dog in the car, don’t let him stick his head out the window to catch the breeze—it’s only inviting an insect or piece of road debris to fly into his face and injure him.

Avoid Asphalt

Remember that asphalt can easily heat up to very high temperatures when the sun beats down on it all day. If your dog spends too long on hot asphalt, his paw pads could be severely burned. When walking your pooch or heading outside, don’t let him linger on blacktop.

Ask your Milford vet for more helpful summertime tips. This season, your dog can stay cool, calm, and collected until it gets cooler again!

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