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We wait all year for summer, long days relaxing outdoors, sipping iced tea, and soaking up the sunshine. But our canine companions can’t cool themselves down as easily as we can. They can’t drink iced tea (or any beverage with caffeine), and unlike humans, the few sweat glands they do have are on the bottom of their paws.
However, with some planning ahead, you and your pooch can both beat the heat and stay active this summer. Here are a few tips for helping your dog stay chill during the worst of the hot weather.
Hydration and shade
It’s okay if you’re not into high-tech misting canopies and cooling vests. You don’t have to get the high tech merchandise to help keep your dog cool. Here are some easy ways to make sure your pup is hydrated during the dog days of summer:
Know the signs of dehydration and heatstroke in dogs
The above tips can help prevent overheating and heatstroke in your dog too. Knowing the signs to look for is also critical.
Common signs of dehydration in dogs are:
You can test your dog’s hydration by pinching a fold of skin at the top of the neck. If it is slow to snap back in to place, your dog needs fluids.
Common signs of heatstroke in dogs are:
If you notice any of the above signs, get your dog out of the heat and into a cool area immediately. Since some signs of heatstroke may not appear immediately, observe your dog after your outdoor activities. Prompt treatment by a veterinarian can treat and reverse the effects of heat-related illnesses in pets.
If your pet does suffer a heat-related illness, you can make sure that he or she is covered with PetFirst Pet Insurance. PetFirst is proud to offer Routine Care Coverage, which helps with everyday costs related to vet check-ups and other proactive health visits.
Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets. PetFirst is here for every canine and cat. From a small cold to big health problems alike. Pet insurance can help cover unexpected vet visits.
Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured you don’t have to think twice about the financial aspect and you can just focus on your pet’s care. You can get a free quote today!
Be sure to follow these simple cooling tips and you and your canine companion will be able to enjoy summer to its fullest!
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