Dear Summer, why do you have to be SO HOT!? Don’t get me wrong I totally love the Summer, but we have had some super hot days this Summer! My dog loves to be outside and I do my best to keep him safe in the Summer heat. So today I’d like to give you some Summer pet health tips shared by Bayer Veterinarian, Dr. Zachary Miller.
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Dogs and Panting
Ever wondered why dogs pant? Unlike people, dogs don’t rely on sweating as a major way to cool off. Dogs cool off by panting so that’s a major reason why dogs pant. When dogs pant they utilize walled off areas in their lungs where oxygen is not exchanged. If they did not do this, they would actually hyperventilate. It may not appear this way to humans, but dogs don’t use a lot of energy when panting. Do dogs sweat though? Dogs actually do sweat! They have sweat glands and they are in their feet.
If you have an overweight or brachycephalic (short nosed/flat faced) dog you should be aware that these dogs have a high risk of suffering heat strokes. A common sign of a heat stroke in pets is bloody diarrhea. If you notice your pet has bloody diarrhea you should speak with your vet. As always, when you’re outside this Summer with your pet please make sure to provide your pet with plenty of water and shade. I try to make sure to take my dog outside when it’s not as hot so that would normally be early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Toxins & Pets
While you are out walking your pet or letting your pet roam around in the backyard, there are several things to be aware of. Be on the lookout for blue-green algae! It thrives in hot temperatures! Did you know that Algae can be harmful to pets? Keep your pets away from getting into stagnant water. Beware of stagnant water that looks like it has a blue-green film. This could be algae that’s harmful to pets. Wild mushrooms can be very toxic to dogs. Make sure you pick them out of your yard!
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I hope you found these Summer pet health tips helpful! Do you have some Summer health tips for pets to share? Comment below! We’d love to hear from you!