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8 Ways to Protect Your Dog from Warm Weather Health Hazards
Because many of our dogs live with us, act like us, and sometimes even look like us, it’s easy to forget they’re a different species with a completely different set of biological needs.
Help your dog beat the heat with these eight tips from veterinary experts on how to keep your pet safe:
1. Never Leave Your Dog Alone in a Hot Car.
This tip is No. 1 for a reason. It seems like common sense, but every year emergency crews break into blistering hot vehicles that owners have left dogs in unattended.
2. If It’s Too Hot Outside, Your Dog Is Happier Inside.
Dogs lower their body temperature through a process called thermoregulation. They achieve this by panting, which expels hot air from the body and causes moisture in the mouth to evaporate and cool.
3. Make Sure Your Dog Always Has Access to Fresh Water.
It’s a basic rule of survival for every creature: Stay hydrated. Whether indoors or outdoors, your dog should always have access to a bowl of clean, fresh water.
4. Protect Your Dog’s Skin and Paws from Scorching Surfaces.
A dog’s paw pads can easily burn on surfaces like sand or pavement that absorb heat from the sun’s rays.
5. Dogs Get Sunburnt, too and Other Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Shave Your Dog’s Coat.
If you have a dog with a double coat, like a Husky or Chow-Chow, your first instinct may be to shave your dog come summer. Stop — and back away from the shears.
6. Help Keep Your Dog Comfy (and Looking Stylish) With a Cooling Coat.
If your dog is prone to overheating or has an especially thick coat, you can also try a cooling vest, which is designed to evaporate heat faster, and deflect the sun’s rays.
7. Keep Your Dog Safe and Calm During Fireworks.
Dogs have a more acute sense of hearing than humans, so those loud booms, crackles, and whistles are alarming.
8. Protect Your Pup (and Yourself) From Fleas and Ticks.
Climate change is having an impact on the migration patterns of fleas and ticks. If you previously thought you were in a tick-free area, you may not be now. Talk to your vet about flea collars or the proper preventive medication to protect your pet all year round.