Cool Canines are Better than Hot Dogs

There aren’t many things that everyone in San Pedro agrees about, but no onewould argue with you when you say ‘It’s hot!’. It has been very warm the pastcouple of months and it looks like we may be in for a long and very hot summer.While we seek out the shade and drink ice cold drinks to cool us down, weneed to remember that our furry friends feel the heat just like we do. The onlydifference is that they depend on us to provide them with shade and fresh, coolwater.
Recently, a family in San Pedro suffered the tragic loss of their much loveddog. Why? Because they didn’t realise that dogs can suffer terribly in the heat.Their loyal pet followed them on a journey along San Pedro’s dusty roads oneafternoon. He seemed enthusiastic to run and stayed with them as he often doeson their journeys, running along beside them.
What this dog’s owners didn’t realise was that dogs often place their loyaltyabove their own health and welfare. They believed that if the dog became toohot or tired, he would rest or find a drink. Sadly, it was too late before theyrealised that their beloved dog had overheated and he died.
Remember that in the hot sun, your dog may be even more uncomfortable thanyou are. He’s wearing a fur coat, after all. It is best not to exercise your dogduring the hottest hours of the day – between 11am and 3pm. If you have totake your dog out during this time, make sure that you give him breaks in theshade and have plenty of fresh drinking water available.
Dogs do not sweat like humans do, so they can become overheated very quickly.If your dog is panting, you know he’s hot. Make sure you provide shade for yourdog during these hot ‘dog days’ of summer and have a plentiful supply of freshwater available to him at all times. Never leave him tied up in the sun.Keep an eye out for the symptoms of heat stroke, which can include any
of the following: heavy panting, dark red and dry gums, lying down andunwilling (or unable) to get up, collapse and/or loss of consciousness, thicksaliva and dizziness or disorientation. If you think your dog has suffered fromheat stroke, there are things you can do to help save your dog.
1. First, move your dog out of the heat and away from the sun right away.2. Begin cooling your dog by placing cool, wet rags or washcloths on thebody – especially the foot pads and around the head.3. DO NOT use ice or very cold water! This can make the situation worse.4. Offer your dog cool water, but do not force water into your dog’s mouth.5. Call or visit your vet right away – even if your dog seems better. Internaldamage might not be obvious to the naked eye, so an exam is necessary
Have a cool canine – not a hot dog!
If you are worried about a dog that may be over heating or suffering from heatstroke, call SAGA on 226 3266 for further advice.

Keep your dogs cool with fresh water

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