Help Your Pet Beat the Heat

Written by our friends at Camp Bow Wow Charlotte

June 26, 2017

Hot weather can bring on dangers that significantly affect your pet, including dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn and even death. With a few preventative measures, you can easily help your pup avoid the negative effects of the sun. 

Summer Style. Prevent overheating with a lightweight summer haircut. We suggest shaving down to a one-inch length, but never to the skin, so your furry friend still has some protection from the sun.

Extra Water. Give your dog extra water during the summer, but be sure not to leave the water out for too long. It's important to change the water often to prevent your pet from getting sick from bacteria that can grow in hot water. 

Make a Safe Splash. Do not leave furry friends unsupervised at the beach or around the pool - not all Fidos are good swimmers. It's also important to introduce pets to water gradually and make sure they wear a flotation device when on boats.  

Exercising in the Heat. Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but show extra care to older and overweight pets that are more at risk from high temperatures. If you go for a run on the beach, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Extra caution should also be taken with short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats.