Hot Weather Safety Tips For Your Pup

Hot summer weather can expose dogs to a variety of potential hazards, such as heat exhaustion and burnt paw pads. Take caution during these hot summer months to keep you and your dog’s safe.

  1. Adjust your walking schedule. Try to walk your dog early in the morning and later in the evening than usual. The asphalt can burn your dog’s paw pads, leaving them exposed to a lot of pain. If it is too hot for you to go barefoot, it is too hot for your dog. If you are unsure if it is too hot, press the back of your hand to the asphalt for 7 seconds to see if it feels too hot on your skin. If you need to get your dog out, take them to a place where they are primarily on grass.
  2. Keep your dog hydrated. Just like you need to stay hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion, so does your pup. Bring along a couple water bottles of cold water and a travel bowl wherever you take your dog.
  3. Pack plenty of shade. If you plan on hanging out in your backyard, at the beach, or the park, ensure your pup has adequate shade. Make sure your dog always has a cool, shaded spot to rest.
  4. Consider a summer haircut. If your dog’s breed is safe getting haircuts, let Aussie Pet Mobile give them a groom to keep them comfortable. If your dog has a double coat, which is specially designed to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer, a bath and de-shedding treatment from Aussie Pet Mobile will help keep them comfortable.
  5. Keep them comfortable indoors. Don’t have AC? Allow your pets to stay in the coolest parts of the house, such as the basement, during the day. Keep your home well ventilated if your home is especially hot during the summer.
  6. Never leave your dog in the car. Even if you will only be leaving them for a few minutes to run a quick errand, cars can very quickly rise to high temperatures in a matter of minutes, even with the windows down. If you cannot take your pet in with you, leave them at home.
  7. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion. If your dog seems to exhibit any signs of heat exhaustion, such as very heavy panting, difficulty breathing, mild weakness, confusion, or drooling excessively, immediately attempt to cool them down. Get your dog to a cool, shaded area with cold water to drink. Soak clothes in cold water and drape them over your pet and get to the nearest veterinarian as quickly as possible.


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