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Helping Your Dogs Beat The Dog Days Of Summer

110039290 Helping Your Dogs Beat The Dog Days Of Summer

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While we humans suffer through the heat, we often forget our four-legged family members need relief from the sweltering temperatures as well. Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has some pointers to keep your pooches safe.

Some dogs don’t do so well in the heat.  Older dogs, puppies, overweight dogs, and short-nosed breeds such as pugs and bull dogs are all susceptible to the summer heat. They can suffer from heat stress if left outside or in cars (which you shouldn’t do anyways). Here are 3 tips to keep your dogs safe from sweltering temps:

  1. Provide water and shade. If your dog stays outside all day, make sure they have an area in the shade and plenty of water to drink.  Put lots of ice in their water dish to keep it cooler longer.
  2. Avoid excessive exercise. Save your daily dog walks for early in the morning or after sunset when the temps are cooler. Another option would be to exercise indoors. Wuf Pet Resort in Irving provides doggie daycare with indoor exercise.
  3. Book non-stop flights when traveling. This prevents any stress from switching flights. Also, give your airline notice about your pet when booking your flights so many airlines limit the number of dogs per flight.
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