Don’t Let This Happen To Your Dog

The Arizona summers are brutal on our pets.  Don’t let your dog suffer from heatstroke.  Heatstroke in dogs is preventable if you take the appropriate precautions.

On Father’s Day, the Arizona news stations reported about a dog who’s pet owner took them hiking in the middle of the afternoon and the paramedics were brought in to help save the dog’s life.  Full article

Here are some simple rules to follow when exercising with your dog in the heat of Arizona summers:

  1. Keep all strenuous exercise activities limited to the early morning hours.  BEFORE the heat rises to above 90 degrees.

  2. Have plenty of water available for your dog during this time.

  3. Make sure you take plenty of rest breaks in the shade.

  4. Allow your dog to rest and play in the cool air conditioned house during the hottest part of the day. (From 3pm – 6pm)

  5. DON’T GO HIKING OR MAKE YOUR DOG RUN IN TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPS.

As the news video explains, dog’s cooling systems are not as good as human’s.  They cool down by panting and have sweat glands in their paws, but it is not very affective.  When dogs are kept indoors, in the air conditioning, they have a hard time adapting to hot temperatures.

Keep your dogs save this summer!

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