While dogs seem to enjoy the summer weather almost as much as humans, those hot, humid “dog days” can take quite a toll on your canine companion. Ever notice how your dog seems to pant more when the heat is on? That’s just his way of trying to keep cool. Just like people, dogs are susceptible to the effects of extreme heat. Taking a few simple precautions will protect your dog and help him beat the heat all summer long. Choose from some of the best safety tips:
- Don’t leave him unattended in a hot car. Some people think that leaving a dog inside a car with the windows cracked will allow him to stay cool. But the temperature inside an enclosed car can easily exceed 100 degrees on a hot day, which could lead to heatstroke and death. Either take your dog with you when you leave the car or let him stay at home in air-conditioned comfort!
- Keep him cool and hydrated. If you keep your dog outside instead of in an air-conditioned home, make sure he has access to a cool, shaded