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Dog Days of Summer

Executive Director, Cary Bernstein, talks about safety measures for dogs during the summer heat as well as some signs and symptoms of dehydration.

Jogging with pet
Dog in pool

I am a worrier by nature and when the temperature is consistently over 95 degrees I start worrying about our furry friends. Particularly when I see people running with their dog during the heat of the day or even worse, riding a bike with their dog alongside. Yikes! Of course, I didn’t want to presume that this was necessarily a bad thing and luckily for me, I have experts "in the house!" (i.e. I asked Dr. Welch!) Here are her tips and strategies for managing your pup in the heat:

Outdoor Safety Tips in High Temperatures:

  • Provide animals with plenty of fresh, clean water. You can also freeze chicken broth into ice cubes as a cool, fun snack for dogs!
  • >Provide animals with adequate shade and shelter.
  • If outside longer than 15 minutes, water your animal down with a hose and/or provide a clean water bath where they can cool off in the shade.
  • Avoid the heat of the day. Early mornings or evenings are recommended for exercise.
  • Brachycephalic breeds (short-nosed breeds such as Boxers, Boston Terriers, Pugs, etc.) are at a higher risk for heat stroke.

With the high temperatures, it's also important to recognize the signs of dehydration.

Signs of Dehydration:

  • Excessive panting
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Lethargy and/or change in attitude
  • Vocalization
  • Seizures

Keep your pups safe this summer by being smart about the heat and keeping your eye out for signs of dehydration!

-Cary Bernstein, Founder & Executive Director & Dr. Welch, Medical Director

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