Summer Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe In The Summer Heat
- Hold the back of your and on the pavement for five seconds and if it is too hot for that amount of time, then it is too hot for your dog to walk on. When it is 85 degrees the asphalt can heat up to 135, which can burn your dogs paws in less then a minute. You might want to look into buying some doggy booties.
- If your dog is limping or licking their paws after all day in the sun, they might have burned paws. Check their paws for blisters and cracks and you might want to take them into your vet for treatment as they can put on antibiotics and bandages so they wont get infected.
- Don’t over exercise your dog if it is too hot outside. Some days you might not be able to take them on your usual walk. Play with them inside the house and wait until evening or early morning to take them on their walk.
- You probably might know this, but never leave your dog in the car on a hot day. Even if you crack the windows the inside of a car can heat up to 30 degrees more then the outside heat.
- A way to test to see if your dog is hydrated, pull up the skin around their neck. “It should snap back down,” says Nicole Ellis, pet lifestyle expert at Rover.com. “But if the dog is dehydrated, it’ll go down very slowly.” Try it on a temperate day at home so you have a reference point.
- There are three signs that your dog can be suffering from heat exhaustion. If they have a bright pink tongue, their gums are pale and they are panting heavily and rapidly. In addition if they have a wobbly walk and weakness you should take them to a vet.