I'm a dog lover. So much so that I've been known to tear up during television commercials advertising pet adoption. But since my apartment doesn't allow animals, my love for dogs is confined to watching adorable YouTube videos of other people's pets, and stopping to meet every dog I see on the street.
All too often I hear a report of a dog dying because it has been left alone in extreme heat, and this breaks my heart even more than the pet adoption commercials. If you have a dog, it is important to remember to take special care of it when temperatures get high. The ASPCA offers free advice on making sure that animals stay safe in high heat.
Our four-legged friends are even more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke than we are because they can't talk to let us know when they are too tired to keep going. If you are engaging with physical activity alongside your dog, be sure to let them drink water every time you do. You can occasionally help your dog to feel cooler by pouring water on their head and neck.
Heavy panting, glazed eyes and a racing heartbeat are the three signs that your dog is overheating. If your dog is too hot, help him to cool off and find some shade. Keep him hydrated, and watch for signs of heat stroke.
Even if you love to take your dog along with you on trips, keep him at home during warm weather. Leaving your dog alone in a hot car can be extremely dangerous, and even cause fatal heat stroke. If your dog stays outside during the day, make sure to look at the weather report. When it's too hot, even a shady backyard can be dangerous for your dog. During conditions of extreme heat, leave your dog in the air conditioning.
Your dog surely appreciates everything you do to take care of him, after all, he's man's best friend. Keep your animal safe in the summer heat, and be nice to the next person who stops to meet him on the street.
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