The weatherman said there are 106 million people in the US under a heat advisory today. I’m not sure how many dogs live with those 106 million people, but thought this might be a good time to review some things about dogs and heat.
If at all possible, let your dog stay indoors. If s/he MUST be outside, provide multiple sources of water in case they knock over a bowl or three. Provide shade, not just in a dog house, but somewhere they can catch a breeze if the wind happens to blow. Continue reading We’re Havin’ A Heat Wave→
I am a member of several pet-focused groups on Facebook, and I’ve been amazed at the number of people who post they don’t have air conditioning and are worried about their pets in the heat. I know I’ve been blessed, and I don’t think I could survive without my A/C when it’s as hot as it has been lately (over 90-degrees for about 10 days, here in Ohio).
Happy first day of summer! Seems like a great time to remind all of us to keep our dogs cool when the temperatures go up. Because, yes, they can get heatstroke. Here’s a nifty graphic from the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation. Click on it to view it full-size.
Take a look at this temperature map showing the effect of shaving off fur. It doesn’t make a lot of sense at first because it appears to show that the skin temperature on the shaved portion of the dog actually has a cooler temperature than the part with the thick, heavy fur. In fact, this really IS correct! Continue reading Why Shaving Your Dog’s Fur Doesn’t Make Him Cooler→
The temperature near Phoenix Monday was 117 degrees, so naturally Ismael Ochoa thought it would be a great day to leave his dogs outside with no shade and no water. The dogs were chained to a fence on Ochoa’s property where one died and three others were taken by authorities, suffering from heat exhaustion. A neighbor tried to help, but could not resuscitate the deceased dog after he collapsed. Continue reading Chained to a Fence, Arizona Dog Dies of Heat Exhaustion→
Veterinarian Dr. Eddie Ward wanted to find out exactly what happens when a dog is left sitting in a car with the windows cracked. After just a few minutes he was soaked with sweat, but as we all know, dogs cannot sweat to cool themselves.
Check out his video and share it with your dog loving friends.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
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