Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Hot dogs are for eating, not walking
First, don't leave darker colored dogs in direct sun--they suck up heat.
If the dog is outside, provide shade and water (duh). Maybe even a kiddie pool.
Walk the dog in cooler hours like early morning.
Don't leave the dog in the car--a 70-degree day can make the car 110 in 15 mins.
If the dog is not used to exercise, don't plan a 10-mile hike on the weekend.
Flat-nosed breeds like English bulldogs have trouble panting. Be especially careful of these.
If your pet does get overheated, slobbering and panting excessively, wet the animal down--be sure the water is not running hot out of the hose.
Never apply ice--it's a step too far.