Nothing screams summer like spending a hot day playing outside – with your dog, of course! With the warm Texas summers we’re used to, it’s important to keep your pet cool so they can enjoy all the fun in the sun. By being cautious and aware, you’re sure to create some memorable dog days of summer!
Panting is your pet’s internal system that kicks in to get rid of excessive heat. Because they do not have sweat glands like you and I, this is how they keep cool. Always be mindful of signs that your best friend is overheating. Excessive drooling, increased heart or respiratory rate, weakness, or loss of balance or direction are tell-tale signs that it’s time to head indoors.
Water, Water, Water:
In order to avoid heat stroke and dehydration, make sure your dog has continual water that is cool and fresh. Whether you’re indoors or out, both you and your pet need access to lots of fresh water during the summer. If you and your furry friend venture out for the afternoon, bring plenty of water for both of you.
An adequate amount of shade should always be a priority. Supplying either a porch with an overhang or a yard with plenty of trees guarantees that your best friend can find a cool spot any time of the day. At Regal Pet Resort, all of our patios are covered with sunscreen shade so even if your dog stays outside most of the time, they remain in the cool comforts of a shaded patio.
Keeping your pet well groomed will assure that their hair will do what it was designed to do: protect from the sun and insulate from the heat. If your four-legged friend has extremely thick hair or a lot of mats and tangles, the heavy coat may trap too much heat, so you’ll probably want to schedule a trim. Always check with a groomer before shaving your dog.
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