As Floridians we are well versed in how to keep ourselves safe from our hot and humid summers, but do you know how to keep you dog safe in hot weather?  Keeping dogs safe in hot weather is so important as they can suffer from dehydration and heat exhaustion easily.

Here are some tips for Keeping dogs safe in hot weather

Provide Ample Water: Always make sure your dog has fresh, clean water available to them. This is especially important during hot weather. This is key to keeping them cool and healthy and avoiding dehydration.  Shade and Shelter: If your dog needs to spend time outdoors, make sure they have a shaded well ventilated area to escape the intense heat of the summer sun.   Covered patios can provide a great place away from direct sunlight.  Avoid Midday Heat: Limit outdoor activities, especially exercise, during the hottest parts of the day. Early mornings and evenings are best for walks or playtime when temperatures are cooler.

Never Leave Your Pup in a Hot Car: Never leave your dog in a parked car, even a short time with the windows cracked can be dangerous. Cars can quickly heat up to deadly temperatures. Paw Protection: Hot asphalt can quickly burn your dog’s paw pads. Walk them on grass or in the shade, or invest in booties to protect their paws if you must walk them on hot surfaces.  You can check to see if the pavement is safe to walk on by placing your palm on the pavement.  If you can’t keep it there for at least 10 seconds, it is too hot for your dog.

Know the  Signs of Overheating dogs

Watch your dog and be aware of signs of heatstroke.  For example, excessive panting, drooling, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, glazed eyes, weakness, dizziness, or collapse. If you notice any of these symptoms, move your dog to a cooler area immediately and contact your veterinarian.

Cooling Products for Keeping Dogs Safe

There are many widely available products that may help in keeping dogs safe in hot weather.  Use cooling mats, vests, or bandanas designed for dogs to help them stay cool. You can also wet their fur with cool (not cold) water or offer them a shallow pool or kiddie pool to splash around.  Here are some reviewed cooling products.

Breeds Prone to Heat Sensitivity in hot weather

Some breeds, such as Bulldogs, Pugs, and Boxers, are more susceptible to heat-related issues due to their short noses. Take extra measures to ensure these breeds are safe in hot weather.

Don’t let the heat and humidity get you and your pup down, Dogtopia of Viera is always a cool, comfortable 72 degrees with low humidity.  If you’re interested in booking any of our daycareboarding, or spa services, please fill out our online contact form or call us at 321-294-4102 to arrange a meeting with our team. We can’t wait to welcome you and your pet to their new home away from home.