5 Heat Busters for dogs

 

 

Heat stroke is a serious risk to dog's health - in worst case scenarios, it can be fatal. You can prevent heat stroke by restricting

 

your pet's exercise during the hottest hours of the day (early morning or late evening are the best times for exercise during the

 

summer), by making sure he is well hydrated, providing cool places for him to relax, providing opportunities to swim, cooling mats,

 

and by never leaving your dog unattended in the car during summer heat.

 

 

Important: Dogs can die in hot cars. Even if your windows are cracked or you park in the shade, heat can build quickly in a car

 

in the summer, turning it into an oven. If it's 35 degrees and you leave your windows cracked, the temperature in your car may

 

still rise as high as 40 degrees which is too hot anyway.  If you must leave your dog in the car for any period of time, the air

 

conditioning should stay on. But dogs don’t like being left in cars anyway so avoid it.

 

Read on to know how you can protect your dogs in the heat plus how to prevent heat stroke. This could save your dog’s life….

 

   

  1. Dehydration


One of the best ways to keep your dog cool in the summer time is by providing lots of cool, clean, fresh water. They need lots

and lots of water. Make sure you are replenishing their water bowl regularly.
 

2. Burned Pads


Under the summer sun, asphalt on sidewalks and streets can heat to a temperature that can burn a dog's paws. To avoid

scorched paws, walk your dog very early in the morning or in the late evening when the streets have cooled off. Always put

your hand down on the asphalt for about thirty seconds - if you must pull your hand away because the street is too hot, it is too

hot for your dog to walk on without hurting his paws.
 

3. Parasites


Summer is the season for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes; pests which present a great discomfort to your dog at times may be life

threatening or cause self-mutilating behaviors. Feeding your dog a high quality diet , without preservatives or chemicals will

build his immune system, making him generally more resistant to parasite infestation. There are a wide variety of

preventatives on the market, including chemical spot-on treatments, repellent shampoos, essential oils, and flea/tick collars ;

you should however talk to your vet to see what he/she recommends for your dog.

4. Leptospirosis


Leptospirosis is contracted through bodily fluids or tissue and can be transmitted through direct (as in the case of a bite or

ingestion of flesh) or indirect contact (through water sources, food, etc.) with an infected animal. Stagnant waters are a

common source of leptospirosis bacteria. Lepto can cause permanent health problems or death if not treated quickly.

Symptoms include fever, vomiting, trembling/shaking, lethargy, anorexia, tenderness of joints and muscles, and increased

water intake. If you suspect your dog has lepto, get him to a vet right away.

5. Seasonal Allergies


Your dog may be allergic to one or more seasonal items, which include fleas, grass and various plants, and mold. If you

suspect your dog may have seasonal allergies, is scratching and perhaps losing fur, a visit to your vet is recommended.