Summer is the perfect time to go on more adventures with your furry friend! But, before you do, you’ll definitely want to learn how you can keep your dog safe while you’re out and about. Keep reading to learn what temperatures require extra caution, the warning signs of a heatstroke, and our top tips for exercising your dog outdoors.
So, How Hot Is TOO Hot for a Dog Anyway?
Most dogs are safe outdoors up to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, each dog is different, and some dogs just aren’t well-suited to high temperatures. In particular, you want to be especially careful outdoors if your dog meets any of the following criteria:
Less than 6 months old
Short-nosed (i.e. pugs, Boston terriers, bulldogs)
You’ll also want to avoid leaving your dog in a parked car during the warm summer months—even with the car running and the AC on.
Temperatures can rise very quickly in parked vehicles, causing dogs to experience irreversible organ damage and even death.
What Are the Warning Signs My Dog May Be Having a Heatstroke?
Heatstroke occurs when a dog’s body temperature rises too much in response to hot outdoor temperatures. This serious condition can be deadly and requires immediate attention, should you notice your dog experiencing any of the following heatstroke symptoms:
Dizziness or disorientation
Dark red gums
Lying down, and unwilling or unable to get up
Loss of consciousness
Tacky or dry mucous membranes, particularly around the gums
Higher rectal temperature (over 104 degrees requires action, over 105 degrees constitutes an emergency)
If your dog is displaying any of these signs, move him to a cool area, give him access to plenty of cold water, and contact your vet. If multiple symptoms are present, take your dog to the vet immediately for emergency care.
What Tips Do You Have for Exercising My Dog Outdoors?
There are a few things you can do to keep your dog healthy and active during the warm summer months:
Workout Early or Late – Opt to walk your dogs outdoors either early in the AM or late at night when temperatures are cooler.
Take Breaks – Aim for a couple shorter trips outside throughout the day, rather than one longer session.
Offer Water – Make sure your dog has access to drinking water outdoors, at least once every 15 minutes.
Use Doggy Booties – If it’s too hot for you to be barefoot outdoors, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws. In that case, try taking your dog outside with doggy booties on.
What’s Your Best Tip for Keeping My Dog Cool and Content This Summer?
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