Ways to Beat the Heat

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s already time to consider ways to beat the heat. I’m sure that your pets beg to go outside every chance they get. Keep the following tips in mind to help ensure a safe and fun summer for both you and your pet.

Tip #1 Stay Hydrated

Keeping your pet hydrated is one of the best ways to keep them cool and happy this summer. While it seems simple, it is something that is easily overlooked. Whether you are going to the park, on a walk or just out romping in the yard, be sure to plan ahead and bring plenty of water for both you and your pet. The Bergan® Collapsible Travel Bowl can snap onto your leash, making it an easy solution for when you are on the go. Light and compact when flattened, you can pop it up on the way and fill it from your water bottle or at the drinking fountain.

Tip #2 Maintain a Healthy Coat

A dog’s coat is a powerful tool for helping them regulate their temperature in all weather and it also provides natural protection from the sun. While some may enjoy a summer trim, many need to keep their coats year round. Regular brushing helps to remove dead hair which lightens their load and helps keep them from matting. In the summer months, brush your dog more often to help keep their coat light and healthy. Shed Magic® De-Shedding Tool is a great tool for helping to remove the undercoat and your dog will surely thank you for the relief.

Tip #3 Leave Breathing Room

Have you noticed that your dog seems to pant every time they get hot? This serves two purposes. One benefit is that panting allows moisture to evaporate from the tongue as well as from the lining of the lungs. The other major benefit is that the blood vessels in their face and ears expand causing the blood to flow closer to the skin allowing the heat to dissipate. If you typically use a muzzle when walking your dog, be sure that it does not restrict their ability to pant. When properly fitted, Coastal’s new Soft Basket Muzzle provides room to breathe comfortably.

Tip #4 Enjoy the Shade

Shade is another easy way to beat the summer heat, so when you notice your pet getting warm or tired, take a break in the shade and let everyone cool down.

Tip #5 Learn About Your Pet

Some breeds are prone to overheating, especially ones with tight airways such as Boston terriers, bulldogs and pugs. Overweight dogs are also at a higher risk for heatstroke and dehydration, so be sure to do your research and take all heat-related precautions that you find.

Tip #6 Never Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car

Even parked in the shade or with the windows cracked, the temperature in a car can rise well over 100 degrees on a warm day. If you must make other stops it is best to either leave your pet at home or bring along a friend who can stay with them and keep the car running.

Key Warning Signs to Look Out For

According to Pet Web MD, some of the top signs of overheating to look for in your pet include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Heavy drooling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark or red gums and tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Agitation

If you notice any of these symptoms be sure to cool your pet down and offer them water to stay hydrated. If the symptoms persist, contact your vet immediately.

Keeping these tips in mind will ensure you and your pet get the most out of this summer!

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