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SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR DOG ON HOT SUMMER DAYS


When it's extremely hot outside, it's important to take extra precautions to keep your dog safe while walking. Here are some tips to help you safely walk your dog in hot weather:


TIME YOUR WALKS:

Avoid doing long walks during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 am and 4 pm. Instead, schedule walks for early mornings or late evenings when temperatures are cooler. If it's extremely hot you can skip walks altogether and just do quick potty breaks.


TEST THE GROUND:

Before heading out, place your hand on the pavement or asphalt for a few seconds. If it feels too hot to touch comfortably, it's likely too hot for your dog's paws as well. Opt for shaded areas, grass, or walk near bodies of water that can help cool the ground.


STAY HYDRATED:

Ensure that your dog has access to fresh water before, during, and after the walk. Consider bringing water along and offering it to your dog periodically while taking frequent breaks in shaded areas to help your dog cool down. Making sure you have water for yourself is very important too.


WATCH FOR SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION:

Be vigilant for signs of heat exhaustion in your dog, such as excessive drooling, heavy panting, lethargy, weakness, or difficulty breathing. If you notice these symptoms, stop exercising and seek shade or a cool environment immediately.


ADJUST INTENSITY:

Lower the intensity of your dogs day. Avoid running or strenuous exercise during hot weather to prevent overheating. If your dog is active you can choose indoor activities like playing tug, using enrichment toys like frozen kong to keep them occupied.


Remember, every dog is different, so it's important to be aware of your dog's individual needs and make adjustments accordingly. Stay attentive to signs of discomfort or distress, and prioritize your dog's safety and well-being in hot weather.

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