Heatwave safety tips for dogs are so important this time of year when the weather is unbearably hot in so many parts of the country! Our weather is tropical, meaning in the nineties with dew points around seventy. It is simply miserable for humans and their pups. Remember dogs don’t sweat like humans, so we have to be extra careful with the heat. I decided to post a few simple tips to help you keep your pup safe during a heatwave.
5 Heatwave Safety Tips For Dogs
1. Fresh Water
Fresh water is so important in the heat! Make sure your dog has fresh water at all times. Clean and change the water bowl or bowls several times a day as needed. Staying properly hydrated will help keep your furry friend cool.
2. Exercise Early Or Late
We still walk and run during all weather but in the heat, we make sure and get out as close to sunrise or sunset as possible. Even during these cooler times of the day, it is hot and the air is heavy. We don’t walk or run as far as we normally would. If possible, we try to walk or run in the shade and avoid asphalt as it radiates heat, even in the morning.
3. Take Your Dog Swimming
Swimming is a great way for you and your dog to cool off together. You can use a kids wading pool, swimming pool, or find a clean body of water. Remember, if you won’t go in the water because it isn’t clean enough, your dog shouldn’t either. Be very careful this time of year to make sure there is no blue-green algae. If it is ingested by your dog, she will most likely die. There is no need to panic as it isn’t something widespread, just be mindful of it.
4. Relax Indoors
Depending on the temperament of your dog, this may or may not work. When it is so hot out, we exercise early, and it really tires us out, so we are content to hang out in the A/C inside most of the day. We go out now and then for short periods of time, and then come back in. Once and a while it gets boring, but usually we are happy to simply hang out.
5. Take Some Indoor Classes
Most dog schools are open again and are offering all kinds of classes from obedience, to sports, to fun games, and tricks. Sign up for a class or two with your furry pal. It will be fun for both of you and give your dog a good mental workout as well. Last summer, Olivia tried swimming in the pool, and we practiced barn hunt which we will be doing this month once again.
We are looking forward to winter because it is more fun for us, but for now, we are doing our best to stay physically and mentally active and safe in the heat. ***Remember, never leave your dog in the car in the heat, not even for a few minutes!*** Leave us home in the A/C if you need to go somewhere, we will be happy and safe, waiting for you to return.