Florida summers are absolutely beautiful. They can also be absolutely sweltering. That can be a problem for our canine companions, however. Fido gets hot very quickly in summer! Here, a Seminole, FL vet offers some tips on keeping your pup cool.
Make sure your pooch always fresh, clean water available. If you have a yard, you’ll want to keep water bowls outdoors as well. You may want to get Fido a pet fountain. Many dogs like drinking running water! When it’s really hot out, drop a few ice cubes into your furry buddy’s water bowl. You’ll also need to bring water along whenever you take your dog anywhere. You may want to get some collapsible plastic dishes or a doggy water bottle with an attached bowl.
As you probably know, there are times in Florida where it really only cools down after a rain storm. Regardless, it will still be hottest in the middle of the day. Schedule Fido’s walks and outdoor activities for the mornings or evenings.
A cold treat is bound to get that cute tail wagging! You can find doggy ice cream in many supermarkets and grocery stores. You can also make your own. Or, make Fido some pupsicles. Put kibble; cooked, shredded meat or poultry; bacon bits; and/or dog treats in an ice cube tray. Pour sodium-free broth over them, and freeze overnight.
Keep a close eye out for signs of heat stroke. Most of the time, panting is the first red flag. Other warning signs include drooling, restlessness, respiratory issues, discolored gums, a rapid pulse, vomiting, and/or diarrhea. Fido may also seem lethargic or dizzy. If you notice any of these signs, immediately move your dog to a cool area and take steps to cool him down. You can hose him down, or cover him in wet towels. Your pooch will also need some water, and possibly electrolytes. Call your vet as you are doing this, as you’ll need specific instructions.
Prevention is always much better than a cure. Keep Fido safe and sound indoors, in climate-controlled rooms, as much as possible in summer. Never, ever leave your canine buddy in a car, even for just a minute.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Seminole, FL vet clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care!