Playing outside together in the fenced-in backyard creates great memories for both pet owner and pet; however, temperatures nearing 100 degrees F in the summertime can have damaging effects on dogs. It's important to watch for signs that your dog is slowing down and may need to find a shady spot and fresh drinking water. For example, do you know how to tell if your dog is dehydrated and suffering from heat stroke? Here are the signs of heat stroke in dogs:
- Dry gums
- Decreasing urination
- Loss of appetite
- Drooping eyes
Dogs that are experiencing symptoms of dehydration and heat exhaustion will need to get inside quickly away from the sun's intense UV rays. We suggest limiting outdoor playtime to 20-30 minutes in the peak of summer.
To keep dogs cool, consider spraying them down with a water hose; buying them a kiddie pool to splash in the yard; or a dip in the pool (with the owner present, of course).
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