How to Have the Coolest Canine on the Block
Memorial Day marks the official start of summer vacation, and if your dog is your sidekick, there are so many great dog-friendly events and venues around Charlotte. Today we’re going to expand on our last post about sun smarts and explore additional ways we can keep our pets cool as the weather heats up.
When you’re out with your pet, pay close attention to their behavior to ensure they aren’t overheating. When dogs get hot, they sweat through panting and through the pads of their feet. Panting helps them cool off, but it can also lead to dehydration. While they’re outside, monitor their rate of breathing by listening and looking at their sides or mouth. If you notice an increase in panting or they start searching for a shady place to lay down, it may be time for them to go inside. You can also feel behind their ears on the back of their head and neck. This area may be warmer than the rest of their body but should not be hot to the touch. If you notice both or either one of these indicators, it’s time for a break. In a case where air-conditioned relaxation is not an option, help them find shade, provide cool water for drinking, and place a cool towel over them. If your dog displays more severe symptoms of dehydration, such as refusing to drink water or has sunken eyes, call your vet immediately. If you are out of town, be prepared ahead of time by programming into your phone the number of the closest emergency vet.
Out and About
There are several “cool” gadgets that are both portable and highly effective in keeping your dog comfortable when you’re both away from home. Investing in a collapsible water bowl that can connect to their leash or harness will ensure you’re prepped to keep your pup hydrated while you’re on the go. Having them wear a cooling vest can also be effective. These use the cooling power of water evaporation from a woven mesh fabric to help your pup shed heat. There are several brands and sizes so make sure you have the right fit for your dog’s breed. Collapsible beach cabanas made specifically for dogs are compact and pop up easily to provide effortless shade and ventilation for your pup. Don’t forget when you can’t take them with you, they’ll be in good hands with Social Pet’s First Aid and CPR trained staff!
As the temperatures heat up, your dog may need extra water to remain hydrated. Freshen water frequently, as warm, stagnant water can harbor bacteria which can lead to sickness. When your dog comes to Social Pet for daycare or boarding, they will enjoy filtered water that is freshened multiple times an hour in the play yard, as well as fresh water for naptime and overnight. Additionally, you can rest assured when you drop off your pup to play that they will be monitored 100% of the time by our Pet CPR and First Aid trained staff. We offer 4,500 square feet of covered outdoor space, along with a 2,500 square foot cooled warehouse to allow for safe playtime even when the temperatures heat up.
Our staff at Social Pet is here to help! Contact us at 704-835-1022 if you have any additional questions about keeping your dog safe in the summer heat or to schedule a tour and see first-hand how we keep health and safety as our number one priority.