The Heat Is On

This year it feels as though we skipped spring and jumped right into summer.  Whether you enjoy the heat or despise it; we can all agree that it is doggone hot! 

Cheryl Douglas · June 21, 2021

The Heat Is On

This year it feels as though we skipped spring and jumped right into summer.  Whether you enjoy the heat or despise it; we can all agree that it is doggone hot! 

So how do we beat the heat over the next few months? 

Some of us choose to stay indoors with the AC blasting on high, while some of us choose to embrace the blazing heat and have fun in the sun.  For those of you who choose the latter; be sure to take proper precautions to beat the heat and stay cool; not only for yourself, but also for your furry companions. 

By now, we should all know that you never, not even for a minute, leave your pet in the car.  Even when the temperature is at a comfortable 85 degrees, it takes only 10 minutes, with the windows slightly open, for your car to reach 100 degrees.  Within 30 minutes the temp in your car can reach 120 degrees.  At that temperature your dog can suffer irreversible organ damage or even death.  

Be sure to keep your pet cool both on the inside as well as on the outside. There is plenty of  “cool” (pun intended) stuff out there to help Fido beat the heat.  

  • Always provide water, whether your pets are with you inside or outside.                             
  • Keep your pet from overheating with a cooling body wrap, vest or mat.                 
  • Fill a kiddie pool of water for your pooch to enjoy while outside.                                                   
  • Keep your pet properly groomed during the hot summer months.                                               
  • Whip up a batch of quick and easy pupsicles.  There are some healthy, dog-friendly recipes you can find online.                                 

Even while taking proper precautions, be sure to watch your pet for heatstroke.  According to https://pets.webmd.com, here are signs of heatstroke:

  • heavy panting
  • glazed eyes
  • a rapid heartbeat
  • difficulty breathing
  • excessive thirst
  • lethargy
  • fever
  • dizziness
  • lack of coordination
  • profuse salivation
  • vomiting
  • deep red or purple tongue
  • seizure and unconsciousness

So what do you do if your pet is showing signs of heatstroke?  

  • Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. 
  • Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over them. 
  • Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. 
  • Take them directly to a veterinarian

Along with intense summer temperatures come severe storms. Make sure you have a disaster plan in place and plenty of food and water for Fido in the event of a power outage.                                                                                                                                 

So if you’re planning on getting outside and embracing the sunshine and summer heat, remember to be smart; be prepared, so you and your furry friends can enjoy the dog days of summer. 

 

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Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl Douglas

Cheryl joined the BARF® World family in 2017. She offers strong Administrative Support to the BARF® World office, handles our Logistic needs, as well as Customer Service and Sales. She is passionate about pets; specifically rescue dogs. She is a Minnesota native and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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