As a pet owner, it is extremely difficult to keep your pet indoors for an entire day. As temperatures rise in the summer months, opportunities to let your dog out decrease. You must wonder, “Is it too hot outside to walk my dog?”. Here are some tips for walking your dog on a hot day:
Pay attention to your dog:
As you get to know your dog, you will learn when something is not right. Signs of exertion
include heavy panting, salivating, glassy eyes, fatigue and overall exhaustion overall. If you notice any of these signs, your dog could be at risk for heat stress and you should bring them indoors, as soon as possible for rest and hydration.
Protect their skin:
Believe it or not, pets need sun protection just like you. There are several sunscreen products available which are safe for pets. Speak to your veterinarian at your dog’s next checkup to find the best method of protection for your pet.
Follow the 5 Second Rule:
This requires you to lay the back of your hand on the ground for 5 seconds
. If you must lift your hand before the 5 second mark, it is too hot to walk your dog. If necessary (and possible), carry your dog to their usual patch of grass to relieve themselves, then head back indoors. For much larger breeds, there are shoes available in pet stores to protect their sensitive paws which can be used for walks on hot days.
We hope you will take these suggestions into consideration before walking your dog on extremely hot days. Remember, pets feel what we feel, and it’s our job to protect them.
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