Dog days of summer
Well it is finally summer after a very damp spring. The temperature has heated up just in time for wheat harvest and the days are getting longer. Kids are spending their time in the swimming pool and we are all trying to stay cool. We are all living in the Dog Days of Summer. I would like to offer you some tips on how to keep your dogs cool during these hot summer months. Walks are wonderful for dogs. It keeps them mentally and physically exercised, but the summer months come with some specific health concerns. Dog parents should check and see how hot the pavement is before taking their dog on a walk. If you place your hand on the pavement and it is too hot for you and you have to pull your hand away, it is too hot for the dogs paws. For dogs riding in cars, if the vehicle is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog. Dogs should never be left in a parked car, even in the shade. Temperatures in a car increases rapidly and can quickly be fatal to your dog.
If your dog must be left outside, and in some cases there is no other choice, make sure your dog has free access to fresh water and some sort of shade. Some dogs are more at risk in hot weather than others. Most dogs with pushed-in faces, such as bulldogs, pugs, boxers, etc., can develop breathing problems due to extreme heat.
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