If you have Facebook, you’ve seen the memes and posts about how hot the inside of your car can get on a summer day. You know that it’s never a good idea to leave your dog in the car, even with the windows cracked. You are well aware that it can climb to well over 100 degrees inside of your car when you leave it parked.
There’s more to keeping your dog safe in the heat of the summer than leaving him home when you go shopping. Here are four things NOT to do or avoid this summer if you want to help prevent your canine companion from overheating.
It’s not only a parked car that can be dangerous for your pet. Traveling in a poorly ventilated car can be just as harmful. If your car doesn’t have air conditioning, or you don’t like to use it, it can quickly become too hot for your dog (even with the windows down). If you are hot in your car, imagine being that warm and wearing a fur coat! If your car has poor ventilation or lacks air conditioning, leave the dog at home.
Most dogs love to run and play! While summer being here doesn’t mean that you have to give up exercising with your dog altogether, it does mean that you have to be smart about it. Don’t let your dog run to exhaustion in the middle of the day. The sun is typically highest in the sky from 10 am until 4 pm. Let your dog outside to go potty, but don’t play hours’ long games of fetch.
Many guardians think that a leashed walk is just fine during the day. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially for brachycephalic breeds like Boxers. You don’t have to skip your walks in the summer, but they should be early in the morning or late in the evening.
Have you ever stepped from the grass onto the concrete and quickly jumped off of it? If the concrete or asphalt burns your skin, imagine what it may do to the pads of your dogs feet. Asphalt and concrete can burn the pads on your dog’s feet quicker than you may think. Here’s a test: Lay the back of your hand on the pavement; if you can’t keep your hand down for at least 7 seconds, it’s too hot for your pet’s feet.
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