Tips and Tricks – Beating the Heat

How to keep your furry friends safe and cool during the hot summer months

By the Get Leashed Health Team

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Did you know that if your pet’s temperature reaches about 102.9 degrees (39.4° C) it is considered hyperthermic? And at 105 degrees (41° C) your pet is having a heat stroke with multiple organ failure beginning at 106 degrees (41.2° C)? Not cool!

Dogs and cats have fewer sweat glands than humans and have a hard time dealing with extreme heat. While humans can sweat from every pore, our four-legged friends only have sweat glands on their footpads and have to rely on panting to regulate their temperature. Here are five ways to keep your pet cool. Cool? Cool!

Hydrate

Try to always have fresh, cool (not cold) water available to them.

Shade

If your dog is out in the yard while you are at work, be sure there are shady areas for them to lie in at all times throughout the day.

Sweat

A dog’s sweat glands are located in their footpads so walking on hot pavement could put them at serious risk for heatstroke. Save your walks for early morning or late evening.

Beware of breed

Niether flat-faced animals, who already are already prone to breathing issues, or heavy-coated animals, with loads of furry warmth, are especially suited for sticky summer weather and should be given extra attention in extreme heat.

No muzzling

Keep the muzzle off. Muzzles inhibit a dog’s ability to pant, which can be extremely dangerous on hot days.

Stay cool!

If you feel your pet is suffering from heat stroke immediately pour cool water over their head, stomach, armpits and feet and get them to an animal hospital as soon as possible.

Check out other ways to keep Fido cool this summer!

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