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Summer is a great time to head outdoors with your dog and other your other pets to enjoy the recreational activities of the season. Whether it’s a game of fetch or a walk in your favorite park, the warm weather and exercise carry many benefits for your hound and you.
But when those hot, sticky and humid days of summer arrive, it’s important to take certain precautions when you’re enjoying time outside with your pet, as dogs are even more prone to heat exhaustion and heat stroke than we are, though their responses to heat are slightly different. Unlike humans, dogs don’t perspire. Instead, they show signs of overheating through panting. As a dog owner, it’s important to pay attention to how your dog responds to heat and avoid going outside if the heat is too intense.
The following are some extra helpful tips on how to keep your hound cool in the summertime:
Keeping your dog supplied with fresh, cool water is always a must, especially in the summer, so make sure your dog’s water bowl is always topped off. While engaging in activities away from home, bring a portable water bowl so your dog can hydrate during and after activities.
Stay in the Shade
If possible, reduce your dog’s exposure to direct sunlight by finding a shady place for your pet to play and rest. Parks and backyards with lots of trees are ideal. Also, consider taking your dog out to play in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler.