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The Dog Days of Summer…Literally

August 8, 2010

The dog days of summer are here and speaking of our four-legged friends, these hot and humid days can be especially tough on them.  I remember how my grandparent’s Labrador,  Chia, would always head to the marble tiled bathroom during the mid day heat.  Here are a few tips to make sure man’s best friend stays cool.

1.  Frequently watering is recommended.  Hose down, take to the lake, pool or ocean and even a shower helps.
2.  Avoid having your dog in a parked car, but if you do, allow a sufficient amount of ventilation.  Open the windows.  I have seen in very hot weather that some pet owners leave the AC on in the car.  If you do this, park car where you can monitor your pet and the vehicle.
3. Keep hydrated.  Have plenty of water to drink.  Remember that pets with dark fur and some breeds as the Black Labrador Retriever have double coated fur and are more susceptible to heat stroke.  Happiness to a Lab in the summer is fetching a stick thrown into the water at your local lake or beach.  But even a back yard hose will do.
4.  Allow inside during the hotter months and also allow to rest and sleep on tiled or wooden floors.
5.  Exercise with them in the early morning or in the evening.
6.  With long-haired dogs, shave their fur to reduce heat stress in the summer months.
6.  Ice cubed or shaved ice is cooling and fun for many dogs.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Art permalink
    August 8, 2010 9:09 AM

    That’s a fabulous looking Lab!

  2. August 9, 2010 10:24 AM

    We gave our “nephew” ice cubes this weekend, he had a BLAST crunching away. Thanks for putting these tips up, not enough people know that dogs can’t regulate temperature as well as we can. *Amy

  3. Melissa permalink
    August 10, 2010 1:40 PM

    Love that second photo of the dog in the muddy water!

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