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You Must Keep Your Dog Cool in This Hot Oppressive Weather

Saturday, July 18, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Well my friends, it happened again. During the years I’ve been stressing how important it is to make sure you NEVER leave your dog in a hot car. Yesterday, I had to stop at the Fresh Market here in Rehoboth Beach. Someone with two dogs in their car parked in the sun in 90 degree weather and left her car. The windows were down but even so, how insane can she be?? She was even too lazy to find a shady spot and there were many. She ran in the store so fast that I couldn’t locate her but I did report the incident to store management. Lately I’ve been really losing faith in humankind. The reckless behavior I’m seeing lately is really making me sick. Between refusing to wear masks to animal abuse, I’m beginning to think we are entering a pre apocalyptic era. There are so many people who have lost their sense of self and humanity!

Here are things you can do to protect your dog from this oppressive heat.

1. Keep a water bowl near your dog and filled at all times.

2. Give your dog somewhere to get wet like a wading pool.

3. Bring water along on walks.

4. Keep your dog indoors as much as possible. Make sure you house in air conditioned.

5. Provide plenty of shade for your dog.

6. Give your dog a cooling pad. There are many different pad you can buy that are designed to keep dogs cool. Most of them   are filled with a gel that draws the heat out from your dog’s body.

  • You can also just lay a damp towel on the kitchen floor. If your dog will lay on the towel, this will help it cool down.

7. Avoid Midday walks.

8. Have a groomer clip your dogs fur.

9. NEVER leave your dog in a parked car.

10. Check on your dog often. On very warm days, watch your dog’s condition closely. If anything seems odd, such as your dog panting excessively, contact your vet.

  • If your dog begins to show any signs of being too hot, get it well away from the sun, get it water, and cool it down.
  • If you believe your dog has heatstroke, see How to treat heatstroke in dogs for more information.

It’s really not that difficult, follow these simple steps and keep your dog safe and healthy during these very hot Summer months.

Remember, your pets count!

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