Beat-the-Heat Tips for Your Dog, Plus Breeds Who Are Most at Risk in the Sun

Dog in the sun
Some dogs enjoy being out and about on a sunny day but for breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs and other short-nosed breeds, the heat of a warm day is a very real health threat.

While cats have enough sense to nap their way through summer afternoons, dogs need a little more guidance in warm weather. If you let them, dogs will follow their masters into the inferno. That loyalty comes at a price. Dogs are not good at keeping themselves cool, so they rely on us to keep them out of trouble.

Limit exercise to the coolest part of the day, no matter how happy your dog seems when it's warm. Even in the coolest part of the day, watch for signs of trouble: Glassy eyes and frantic panting indicate a dog who needs help. Get to a veterinarian immediately if you see these symptoms!

Remember that older, obese or short-nosed dogs (Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzus and French Bulldogs) are less tolerant of heat. However, all dogs need constant access to shade and an endless supply of cool, clean water. 

This article was written by a Veterinarian.


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