Summer is officially here! Summertime here in Arizona can be beautiful, but it can also be sweltering. Hot weather can be very dangerous for our canine friends, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep Fido safe and healthy in the heat, and keep that furry tail wagging. A local North Phoenix, AZ vet offers some summer care tips for dogs in this article.
Heat is the biggest danger for dogs in summertime. Keep Fido indoors, in rooms cooled by fans or AC, as much as possible. When it’s really hot outside, walk him in the morning and at night, when temperatures are cooler.
First and foremost, make sure your canine pal always has plenty of fresh water. We strongly recommend washing Fido’s water bowls daily. This is especially important with outdoor bowls, as poisonous toads and other dangerous critters often gravitate to water dishes, and can easily contaminate them.
While Fido may love car rides, if he can’t go inside with you at your destination, it’s best to leave him home. Leaving your pet in a parked car, even for just a few minutes, can be deadly!
Dogs can easily overexert themselves running and playing in the heat. Try to limit Fido’s activity during the day in hot weather.
Dogs can easily burn their paws by walking on hot surfaces. Use paw balm or wax to protect Fido’s feet, and keep him on soft surfaces as much as possible.
Brushing your dog regularly will remove dead fur and dander from his coat, which will help keep him cooler. Some pooches are more comfortable with a light summer haircut. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Many dangerous desert animals are nocturnal. Keep dogs, especially smaller ones, indoors after dark, and keep Fido’s outdoor area well lit. We also recommend feeding your pet indoors, as food left outdoors can attract wild animals.
Get to know some of the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in dogs. Early symptoms include panting and drooling. More advanced signs include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and discolored gums. If you see any of these symptoms, immediately give Fido water, take him to a cooler area, and contact your vet.
Does your furry buddy need veterinary care? Call us, your North Phoenix, AZ animal clinic, anytime! We are here to help!