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With weather becoming increasingly nice (and hot) as summer continues, it is a pet owners’ responsibility to protect their furry friend from the brutal heat.
According to Miryam Reems from BluePearl Veterinary Partners, here are some basic guidelines to keep your dog safe:
--You’re tougher than your dog, at least when it comes to heat. Your body cools by sweating, but dogs don’t sweat. They cool mostly by panting, which is less efficient. So be aware, your dog is having a tougher time than you while outside.
--Dogs are eager to please and will run right up to the point of collapsing. Don’t assume your dogs are fine just because they’re still running.
--Dogs will over-exert themselves in summer heat just by romping and playing. So give them plenty of water and limit their time outdoors, even if it’s not “exercise.”
--Dogs with short snouts, such as pugs and English bulldogs, don’t cool down from panting nearly as quickly as others. So they’re even more vulnerable to heat.
YOUR DOG MAY BE OVERHEATING IF:
--They lie down and won’t get up
--They are not alert
--They cannot stop panting
IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR DOG IS OVERHEATING:
--Hose the dog off with water (not with ice water – this actually makes overheating worse)
--Bring the dog to the vet as soon as possible
— Samantha Smith