As Nebraskans we know all about weather. Whether its cold or hot, precautions with your pets need to be taken. Summertime tends to pose more of a problem, because we as humans like to be outside more when the sun is shining, and summer just offers more outside activities than winter.
Pets, specifically dogs, need to really be monitored during outside activities such as running/walking, swimming, playing, working, and just in general being outside. Things to make sure your pets are always comfortable and cool when outside are:
If you ever question if it’s too hot, it probably is. Leaving your pet at home is always a good option when the weather turns warm. Leaving them home, at a boarding facility, or with a pet sitter is better than a hot car or a non-pet friendly place where they will be uncomfortable and in danger of overheating.
It is time to seek emergency veterinary care if you observe any of these signs of heat stress:
***Now, that last way to make your dog comfortable when being outside can be a bit sensitive. Dogs have special coats of fur that are meant to help cool them. They have what is called double-coat, meaning they have two layers of fur that is meant to help keep them cool in the summer, not make them hotter. Most dogs, (breed dependent) are not meant to be shaved. But once you start, it is something that should be done again, or it can cause them to overheat because they’re not used to it. ***