It can be easy to forget that dogs and people are not affected by summer heat the same way. When you’re out at the beach or just enjoying the sunshine outside your apartment, remember to take precautions to keep your buddy cool and safe!
Dogs don’t sweat, but they pant to alleviate the moisture in their bodies. It’s important to realize that if the heat and humidity are too high, they may not be able to relieve themselves of moisture quickly enough, and it will become a serious health risk.
The most important thing to have with you and your dog is plenty of cold water. In addition to drinking water, a spritzer bottle of cold water can also help cool your pup down from time to time. It is best to keep walks and vigorous activities shorter during the extremely hot summer days; the morning and evening hours are better for these because the temperature is generally lower. Activities like swimming and digging in the dirt can help keep your dog cool during the hotter parts of the day by cooling his or her paw pads, which are extremely sensitive and typically absorb heat from the ground.
Be aware of the signs of heatstroke and dehydration. If your dog appears lethargic, is breathing too hard, has red eyes, seems uncoordinated, or becomes unconscious, seek immediate help at your veterinary hospital.