Dog Days

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Roll out those lazy, hazy days of summer.   

As soon as the snow melts, Edmontonians hit parks and patios en mass.  Our dogs are as glad as we are to have green grass and flowers in bloom.  But even here in Edmonton, the thermometer can rise to a point where we need to think about keeping our dogs safe by keeping them cool. 

Remember that dogs cannot cool themselves by sweating like humans do.  The main way a dog cools off is by panting, but panting is not always enough.  The summer safety of your canine companion is your responsibility so here are some tips to help out:

Keep fresh, cool water available for your dog at all times.   At home, make sure a clean, fresh bowl is always available indoors and out.  If you are on the move, take a bottle with you. 

Go the extra step and create some chilled treats for your dog.  Vegetables and fruits freeze into great treats and you can get creative with your ice cube trays to freeze up some summer fun. 

Your dog may enjoy sunbathing but ensure there is a cool, shady spot to relax.  Prolonged sun exposure can lead to heat exhaustion as well as sunburn. 

If your dog likes water, a large tub or children's pool offers the perfect spot for a dip, but do not leave your dog unsupervised with the pool. 

On those long, hot summer nights, consider a cooling bed for your pooch.  A cooling dog bed can offer the comfort of a regular bed with the coolness that your dog needs.  Cooling dog beds often use a gel-like material that cool upon touch. 

Exercise your dog early in the morning or late in the evening, not in the heat of the day. 

If you are going to be on hot pavement, consider getting booties for your dog.  If it is too hot for your bare feet, what about Fido? 

Symptoms of overheating in dogs include excessive panting, drooling, difficulty breathing, increased respiratory rate, weakness, stupor or even collapse.  Overheating dogs can also have seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit.  Dogs with flat faces, like pugs, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. 

Keep the fun in summer!

Written by hart at 00:00



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