Owning a pet is a very big responsibility. You need to be sure that your pet is taken care of at all times. This is especially true when it is very hot outside in the summer. You might have a dog that you keep outside the majority of the time. If this is the case, you should be aware of the precautions you must take to ensure the safety of your canine friend. First of all, you need to be aware that concrete that gets very hot from the sun can burn the paws of your dog in the same way that it can burn your own feet. Therefore, make sure your dog is not forced to stand on concrete during the day.
Experts believe it is a bad idea to have your pet outside for an extended period of time during the hottest times of the year. When you need to take your dog for a walk, you should do it very early or late in the day. This will ensure that your dog does not overheat. If your dog must be kept outside in the middle of the day for some reason, make sure to keep the animal on a grassy area that is shaded.
Another common mistake that make dog owners make is to leave their dog inside of a car on a very hot day. This is a mistake that results in the death of many dogs every year. You should never leave your dog in your car on a hot day, even for just a few minutes. Cracking the window will not reduce the temperature inside the car enough to make your dog comfortable.
According to dogtime.com, contrary to popular belief, a fan is not a good way to cool off a dog on a summer day. This is because of the fact that a dog’s feet is where it sweats from. Therefore, fans don’t work nearly as well to cool off a dog as they would for a person. Heat stroke is another thing you need to be on the lookout for where your dog is concerned. This is especially true if you have a dog that is obese, old or young. Indications that your dog is suffering from heat stroke can include a fever, vomiting, being very thirsty or extreme panting. Make sure that you always have cold water available for your dog to drink at all times.