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Old 07-09-2010, 04:56 AM   #1
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Exclamation Keeping A Cool Dog During Summer

Warm Weather Safety Tips:

Groom them for summer. A short summer clip is fine but resist the urge to give your dog a buzz cut. A dog's fur is part of his natural insulation system that keeps warm air in during winter and hot air out during summer. Shaving your dog's coat too short can put them at risk for sunburn.

Show him the shade. If your dog lives outside or spends a lot of time there, teach them to do a "down/stay" in a cool spot. It may also stop them from digging under bushes.

Keep their bed cool.
Remove cushiony bedding from your dog's crate or bed. They may be more comfortable lying on the cooler bottom rather than on blankets/fleece.

Provide plenty of fresh water.Nothing better than to have a nice drink of refreshing water on a hot summer day.

Exercise. Save exercise sessions for early morning or evening when it is cooler. Check the ground during walks. Blacktop can get scorchingly hot for your dog's pads. Touch the surface yourself—if it's too hot for you, it's probably too hot for your dog.

Think inside the house. Keep your dog indoors when you go out for more than an hour. If possible, restrict him to rooms with either air conditioning or a fan.

Put a lid on it. This is the time of year when dogs are tempted to drink the cold water from toilet bowls. So keep the lid down and try to avoid chemical cleaners and fresheners that stay in the bowl.

Watch out for symptoms of heat stress or stroke. If you see that your dog is panting heavily, salivating or foaming, these may be the first signs of a heat-related problem. Get your dog to a cool location, provide small drinks of cold water, and, if they don't improve within a few minutes, contact your veterinarian.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:46 PM   #2
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Great information Carol!!

Thanl you so much!
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Old 11-19-2011, 10:44 AM   #3
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I never let my dog go out on hot days. The sun is very unforgiving and I think it could literally burn you alive.
Research first about maltese dog @ before you get one.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:33 AM   #4
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Great info! Thanks
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:54 PM   #5
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Useful post.
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