Medicine Hat Veterinary Services – Dr. Gupta

Doggone it, it’s summertime! 

Here are 6 tips to help make summer safe and enjoyable for your dog.

  • Exercising your dog outside in the summer during the early hours of the day or later in the evening is best to avoid the hottest part of the day. All dogs can overheat quickly, especially flat faced dogs and senior dogs.
  • Make sure you check the temperature of the sidewalks, streets or sand that you dog will be walking on. Dogs paws are very sensitive and if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws.
  • If your dog is outside try to leave him in a shady area to be more comfortable.
  • Always have clean fresh water available to keep your dog well hydrated. When going for a walk make sure you take along water for yourself and your dog. Having a kids pool filled with water in the backyard is a ton of fun for your dog to play in and be able to cool off with a quick dip.
  • Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle in warm weather. The temperature in a parked car even in the shade with the windows partly opened can quickly reach a high enough temperature to seriously harm or kill your dog.
  • Heatstroke can be deadly. Know what the signs of heatstroke are and watch for them.

– Excessive/prolonged panting

– Vomiting/diarrhea

– Weakness and collapse

– Disoriented and staggering

If you think your pet may have heatstroke remove him from the heat source and seek shade or air conditioning. Apply COOL water or COOL towels to his paw pads and around his head. DO NOT use ice or ice water. Get your pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Summertime is a fun time, please keep your pet’s safety in mind.