Dog Days of Summer

Make sure that you keep your dog cool this summer, just like ourselves they too are subject to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Even if you leave your furry friend in a car on what seems like a nice day the temperatures inside the car is actually much warmer than the outside temperature. On a day that might be breezy and 72 degrees the temperature of your car can reach up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit if it is parked in the sun for an hour.

Now that we are approaching July in Maryland the average temperature high is 87 degrees. When walking your dog try and choose cooler parts of the day, like early morning or in the evening. Always bring water for your dog on long walks to keep them hydrated. If during your walk you come across a potentially hot surface, place the back of your bare hand on the surface and if it becomes too warm on your hand before 10 seconds then it is too hot for your pet. For dog owners that have no choice but to walk on hot asphalt with their dog, a pair of dog shoes will help protect the bottom of their paws.

If you are not able to walk your dog during a cooler part of the day there are other ways for your fur-baby to exercise without going on walk that is too hot for them. Some pet parents will set up a sprinkler, fill a kiddie pool with water, or take them to a body of water. In instances where the inside of your home is warm because you do not have AC then a “Cool Bed” might be in order. The “Cool Bed” is a small durable water bed that can be placed in the freezer or filled with cool water for your pet to lay on. The “Cool Bed” can cost up to $50 but a wet towel or wiping down your dog’s paws/belly will keep your puppy cool for a short period of time. Instead of a Popsicle make a pup-sicle with peanut butter, water, and mashed banana. Mix the three ingredients together, it should be a cookie dough consistency and place a table spoon amount like cookies on a tray. Place the tray in the freezer for an hour and give to your furry friend on hot days.

Some signs of a heat stroke for a dog are heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, fever, dizziness, vomiting, and possibly unconsciousness. Old or young dogs, dogs with short muzzles, and dogs with a history of respiratory disease are at a higher risk of heat related issues.

Don’t forget to come visit Frederick Foot & Ankle with your pet on June 25th 2016 at Baker Park at 7:00 AM for the Paws & Claws Run. You are welcome to bring your four legged friend if they can play nicely with other pets.

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