Avoiding Doggie Dehydration | Summer Tips for Pet Owners
As the weather around Buffalo NY is beginning to improve, it’s becoming clear that summer is coming in hot. It seems like even in Western New York, every summer feels hotter and hotter. Though this is great for outdoor fun in the sun, and you and your pet are probably very excited to get outside, this means we should all take a minute to think about summer pet safety. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as the temperatures begin to rise.
Early AM & Night Workouts
Your dog needs exercise. Think about getting into a habit of early morning walks. If you and your pooch aren’t early risers, then consider exercising with him or her later at night, once it cools down. When it gets hot out, it’s best to limit the level of intensity to avoid overheating.
Watch for Signs of Dehydration
Unlike you, your pooch can’t sweat. If you notice your dog is drooling excessively, this could be an early sign of dehydration. They also may appear lethargic, with bloodshot eyes. You know your dog the best; make sure you keep them hydrated properly. Different dogs have different needs. Overweight dogs are at a higher risk for overheating, and darker coats absorb more heat and sunlight. Always bring water if you’re going to the park or on a long walk.
Let Them Check the Weather
This could seem a little silly, but your dog will let you know how comfortable they are. Let them walk around outside a little to gauge their level of energy and enthusiasm. If it’s too hot or too wet, it will help them understand why they can’t go on a walk, or why the timeframe was shorter than normal. Some dogs also may just give you that “Not today, Karen.” look.
Pool, Pond, Sprinkler, Beach, Kiddy Pool
Nothing beats a good swim on a hot day. Your dog will thoroughly enjoy bonding with their owner while wading through water. If you don’t have a pool, think about hooking up a sprinkler. Any chance you have for your dog to get a swim, take advantage. This is the best exercise for your dog this time of the year. Plus, there’s just something about watching the raw happiness on a dog’s face when they get to swim!
Veterinary Emergency Clinic wishes all dog owners the best this upcoming summer. We consistently aim to be WNY’s choice for emergency medical care for pets. If you ever need anything for your animal, please don’t hesitate to call us immediately at 716-839-4043. As your trusted WNY Emergency Vet, we can answer any questions you have and provide you with an immediate appointment if you need emergency care.
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