Hot Dog - Summer Tips
Protect your pet from hot weather0
As summertime heats up, my furry shiba inu turns on the pant and pulls toward the shade. Poor girl is hot! But seriously, she is really hot. Her coat is thick and designed to keep her warm in cooler weather. Even less furry pooches can get overheated. And if you are like me, then you welcome the opportunity to tote your four-legged friend around when sunshine hits Gotham.
Last summer, a know-it-all crotchety old lady came up to me shaking her cane and yelling that it was too hot for my dog. My New York state of mind wanted to reply “Mind your own business grandma!” but on further inspection I realized that she was right. They always are. Poor pup’s eyes were rolling back in her head and she was panting like a 300 lb man in a marathon. I immediately fetched her water and headed home to cool her down. A little web research brought me to the North Shore Animal League website, where I found some tips on how to cool down a hot dog.
Applying cool packs or icy cold rags to your pet’s neck is the best way to cool them down. I also add ice cubes to my doggy’s water bowl. In the summertime, carry a travel dog water bowl like the one shown. It easily folds into my handbag, beach bag or pocket. While we may worship the sun, pups need shade. When dining outdoors, choose a seat that shield my pooch from direct sunlight.
Knowing the signs your dog might be stressed from heat is of utmost importance. Restlessness, lethargy, lack of coordination, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, purple or deep red tongue, glazed eyes and of course, heavy panting are signs that your furry friend needs some shade asap.
For more pet summer safety tips, visit the North Shore Animal League website… and don’t let heat keep Clifford from having a cool summer.
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