Hot Hot Hot
Summertime is for fun, but fun in the sun can be deadly to dogs. It is estimated that thousands of dogs die every year from heat related causes. A little information and common sense can save lives.
Your dogs average body temperature ranges between 100 to 102.5 degrees. We have sweat glands all over our body which help to keep us cool but our dogs have very small sweat glands only on the bottom of their feet and on their noses. Try walking around in a wetsuit and a fur coat on 100+ degree day and it may give you some insight on how your dog feels. Oh, by the way don't forget to be barefoot!
Panting is the primary heat releaser for your dogs body. If the air temperature is higher than their body temperature they CAN'T cool down.
Watch the feet! If you're taking your dog out, be sure to put your bare foot or hand on the surface that they'll be walking on and hold it there for 5 seconds. If you can't do it they can't walk on it!
DO NOT USE BOOTIES TO WALK THEM IN THE SUMMER, IF IT'S TOO HOT FOR THEIR FEET IT'S TOO HOT TO TAKE THEM ON A WALK!
Helping an Overheated Dog
If you're dog gets
overheated DO NOT POUR COLD WATER on Him/Her, they could go into shock and make things worse. If you are near an Animal Hospital take your dog there, and let the veterinarian access the situation. If you can't get to a veterinarian and you can safely get your dog home have them lay on a cool surface such as cool tile. You can use a cool rag or towel to gently cool their body. If your dog is not responding to you or does not seem to be getting better go to the closest veterinarian to evaluate your dog.
Go for a Swim
Swimming is a great and super fun way to get your dog plenty of exercise in the summer. Some dogs will naturally swim but I'm not a fan of the old "toss your dog in the water and they'll figure it out" method.