August 4, 2016

Summer Sun Sense

It has been extremely hot with the sun blazing here in Pittsburgh, PA aka "Da Burgh" and Alle and I are most definitely feeling it. With high temperatures even the healthiest of pets can suffer from dehydration, sunburn, and heat stroke if overexposed to heat.  Which makes it very important to take some extra precautionary steps to protect your dog from these harmful conditions and to keep them cool & hydrated.  Because heat exhaustion can happen at anytime, anyplace, even in your own backyard.

Did you know that 80% of your dog's body is made of water while us humans are only 60% which is why it is easier for your pet to suffer from dehydration then yourself.  They need at least one ounce of water per pound of body weight everyday.  Lookout for symptoms of dehydration such as lethargy, sunken eyes, loss of appetite or even depression.

Some Summer Sun Sense Tips
Have lots of fresh water available
Although this may sound like a no brainier it is very critical.  Keep several bowls of fresh, cool water. I sometimes add ice to Alle's water which she loves.

Avoid hot pavement
Your dogs paw can actually get burnt from the heated pavement.  If you can't walk on the sidewalk yourself it is way to hot for your furry friend. 

Don't leave your dog in a hot car
Heat from a car is deadly to a dog.  Even with cracked windows a car can heat up fast enough to cause brain damage or even death in just minutes.

Stay inside in air-condition, fan or shade or find a cool spot
Try to have your dog stay inside and avoid the heat in air-condition or a fan circulating room.  But if your dog is like mine and refuses to come in then at least make them lie down in the shade.

Avoid walking in peak hours or in extreme heat
Try to avoid walking your dog for their daily walk if it is blazing out.  But if you do, walk your dog in the morning or evening.  And keep it light with taking breaks if needed. 



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