Stay Paw-Sitively Cool This Summer with Dogwood’s Hot Weather Safety Tips!

Posted on: June 28th, 2023
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Woof! Hello, friends! I’m Dogwood, your friendly bulldog pal, here to share some essential hot-
weather safety tips for our four-legged companions. We must ensure our furry friends stay cool
and comfortable as the temperature rises. With a bit of extra care and attention, we can enjoy
the summer while keeping our tails wagging. So, let’s dive right in and explore some pawsome
ways to beat the heat!

Providing Plenty of Water

First things first, hydration is critical! Always make sure your dog has access to fresh, cool
water. Consider adding ice cubes to their water bowl to make it extra refreshing. Trust me,
nothing feels better than lapping up some chilled H2O on a hot summer day.

Creating Shade

Like humans, dogs need a shady oasis to escape the scorching sun. Set up a cool and shaded
area in your yard using umbrellas, tarps or even a cozy doghouse. This will provide a retreat for
your furry friend whenever they need a break from the heat.

Avoiding Hot Surfaces

Did you know that surfaces like asphalt, sand and concrete can get dangerously hot and burn
your dog’s sensitive paws? To protect those precious paws, walk your dog in grassy areas or use
booties designed to shield their feet from the heat.

Limiting Exercise during Peak Heat

When the sun is at its peak, it’s best to limit rigorous activities. Avoid exercising your dog during
the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Instead, schedule walks and
playtime in the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler and more comfortable!

Never Leaving Your Dog in a Parked Car

This one is a golden rule—never leave your dog alone in a parked car, even for a few minutes.
The temperature inside a vehicle can rise rapidly, leading to heatstroke or worse. Always
prioritize your dog’s safety and bring them with you or leave them home in a cool and
comfortable environment.

Watching for Signs of Overheating

Dogs can’t sweat like humans do, making them more susceptible to heat-related issues. Keep a
close eye on your furry friend for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, drooling,
lethargy, vomiting or even collapse. If you notice these symptoms, move your dog to a cool
area, offer water and contact a veterinarian immediately.

Considering Cooling Options

Just like you love splashing in a pool or running through sprinklers, dogs enjoy cooling off too!
Provide your pup with fun options like a shallow pool or a sprinkler for them to play in. You can
also wet a towel and place it over their body or offer frozen treats to help keep them cool and

Grooming Your Dog

Regular grooming is vital to prevent your dog’s fur from matting, which can trap heat. However,
avoiding shaving or trimming their coat too short is crucial, as fur provides insulation from the
sun’s rays and protects against sunburn. Consult a professional groomer to find the proper
grooming routine for your pup.

Being Cautious with Heat-Sensitive Breeds

Certain dog breeds, including Bulldogs, Pugs and Shih Tzus, are more prone to heat-related
issues due to their short snouts. These adorable pups may have a more challenging time
regulating their body temperature, so take extra precautions and monitor them closely in hot

Planning Outdoor Activities Wisely

If you’re planning outdoor adventures with your dog, choose shaded areas or locations with
access to water, such as a beach or a lake. Keep the duration of activities shorter and provide
frequent rest breaks in cool spots, allowing your furry friend to relax and stay refreshed.
Stay cool, stay safe and enjoy the dog days of summer! To find a community leasing near you,
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