Swimming is a great way to help cool your pup down and get them some safe exercise on those hot days. When first teaching a dog to swim, using a life jacket can help them learn proper form and decrease the panic some dogs feel when they realize their feet cannot touch the ground. Not everyone has access to a pool, so using a kiddie pool (available at most hardware stores) is another great option, and a great way to introduce your dog to the fun of water play. Just be sure to dump out the water after each use, because bacteria is often harbored in stagnant water.
“Not everyone has access to a pool, so using a kiddie pool (available at most hardware stores) is another great option, and a great way to introduce your dog to the fun of water play.”
Sometimes, overheating happens even when all the correct precautions are taken. Knowing the signs of heat stroke can be life saving knowledge to have for your dog. Excessive panting, heavy breathing, and drooling are very common in dogs that are overheating as they are trying to regulate their body temperature. A fast and irregular heartbeat is also a sign that your dog is overheating. This, as well as lethargy, diarrhea, stumbling around, or other symptoms of discomfort are signs that your dog has heat stroke and a vet should be contacted immediately.
The weather warnings in the Bay Area and across the U.S. have changed our habits. How have you and your pup been beating the heat? Share below!