Help Hot Dogs This Summer
Did you know that this month is National Hot Dog Month? We won’t be talking to you about the delicious snack though, instead it’s all about dogs and protecting them from hot weather.
So, what can affect dogs, and how can we help?
As with humans, dogs are at risk of dehydration in the heat. As dogs have very few sweat glands, they cool themselves via panting, which can leave them extremely dehydrated. That means they need plenty of fresh water.
To avoid heatstroke, we recommend you give dogs lots of shade, keep a breeze going or a fan on, and avoid exposing them to the heat through the day. Keeping dogs cool is the best thing you can do for them, even inside, so a cool mat or cool coat is a great idea.
Hot pavements can be really painful for dogs, and if it is too hot, it can burn their feet severely. Offer them a little bit of protection with a paw wax or paw boots. Walking dogs early in the morning or late at night is a good way to avoid scorching pavements too.
Leaving animals unsupervised in vehicles in the heat can be dangerous for them – the temperature in a car can increase rapidly. Even cracking a window open isn’t enough to stop them getting heatstroke, and even leaving air conditioning on can go wrong. The safest bet is not to put dogs in that situation in the first place.