Keeping Cool

Posted on Jun 02, 2014 , 0 comments

Healthy Spot shows you how to keep hydrated in Los Angeles and Orange County.

           As the summer begins, it is important to remember to keep your furry children cool. A dog's body is 80% water and making sure that your furry child gets enough water is key to their health. Hydration is always an issue, but the rise in temperatures over the summer call for extra care and attention. Dehydration  and heatstroke can cause a host of health  problems. However, ensuring  that your dog has water is not the only one way to beat the summer heat.

           Many dogs are left in cars with the windows cracked, but few people realize how quickly a car can heat up. Beating the heat means leaving your doggie at home or taking them in with you, instead of leaving them in the car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cars can gain 19º in temperature in just ten minutes even with the windows cracked. On cool 70° day, a car can get to 89º in the first ten minutes that it is parked. Being trapped in a car with rising temperatures puts a dog at risk for heatstroke. Though cars pose an immediate risk, there are many places that are affected by the summer heat.

            The heat can still be a problem in the home. Since dogs only sweat through their paws, fans are not the most effective way to keep them cool. You can keep your children cool by putting ice in their water bowls. For fun and refreshing treats you can also make peanut-butter popsicles. We also have some cool  remedies for warmth in our stores: cooling vests by Ruffwear, ice pups treats by Honest Kitchen, Primal Pronto frozen raw food, and Stella and Chewy's Morsels. While in the backyard, your dog should have access to shade and water. If your furry child has a kennel, please make sure it is well ventilated.

Tips for Keeping Cool:

Limit exercise during heat.

Do not leave your furry children in the car.

Keep water and a bowl with you when traveling.

Ditch the winter coat; grooming is necessary for those dogs with long hair.

Walk on grass when possible, cement, asphalt, and sand can burn your furry child's paws.

If you can't give your dog a drink of water while in the car, slick their coat with water to make the wind coming through the windows count.  

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