Summer can be brutally hot here in the Lone Star State, with temps in some areas regularly hitting over 100. You’ll need to pay close attention to your canine pal in this weather. It’s very easy for dogs to overheat when it’s hot out. A local Castle Hills TX vet offers some advice on keeping Fido cool in this article.
First and foremost, make sure your dog always has clean water. You’ll need to check and refill his bowl more often in summer. If you have more than one pooch, set out extra water stations.
Brushing your canine buddy regularly will also help him stay cool, as it will get the dead fur and dander out of his coat. It will also help him look nice!
Fido can get tired very quickly running and playing in the heat. Time those walks and Frisbee sessions for the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out.
Swimming can be both fun and beneficial for Man’s Best Friend, but it isn’t right for all dogs. If your furry friend likes and enjoys it, take him to some safe, pet-friendly watering holes. Just don’t leave him unattended near water. Pups that aren’t good at water sports may still enjoy playing in sprinklers or kiddie pools.
Want to help Fido cool off and get that tail going all at once? Get him some doggy ice cream! You can also make your pooch some frozen snacks. Just stick with ingredients you know are safe. Ask your vet for tips.
Fido should always have access to cool, shady rooms or areas. Never leave your furry buddy outside in the heat, and definitely don’t leave him in a hot car. Temperatures inside closed vehicles can reach deadly levels in just a few minutes!
Don’t forget about Fido’s paws! Dogs can get painful burns and blisters from walking or running on hot surfaces. If it’s too hot for you to go barefoot, it’s too hot for him.
Watch for signs that your canine companion is getting too hot. Panting is typically the first thing you’ll spot. If you see anything amiss, give Fido water, take him to a cool area, and call your vet.
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Castle Hills, TX pet clinic, anytime!