Summer can be a stressful time for your pet. Here are some tips to keep your pup cool and safe:
You know this. It can kill your dog in less than 15 minutes if the temperature is over 80 degrees. Don't do it.
Your dog may be a stud athlete but don't test his endurance during the summer. Walk in the early morning or at sunset when it is cooler and remember to bring water. Be especially careful with snub-nosed dogs like pugs or bulldogs or elderly dogs. They have to work harder at breathing in the heat.
You may get to spend the day in an air conditioned office but your pets are home alone during the hottest time of day. Keep windows open and/or air conditioning going.
If it is hot on your hand it is hot on their feet. Look into booties if your pet must walk on overheated surfaces or stay in the shady part of the street.
Heatstroke, which can have these symptoms:
Dark or red gums and tongue
If you see any signs, get him to the vet right away.