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Dehydration In Dogs Can Be Deadly: Here’s How To Keep Your Dog Cool

Dehydration In Dogs Can Be Deadly: Here’s How To Keep Your Dog Cool

Written By Amica Graber

May 31, 2016

It’s officially the start of summer! But although you may be anxious to don your swimwear and soak up the sun, your furry friends aren’t so keen on those sizzling summer rays.

Dehydration in dogs can be very dangerous, even fatal. We all know that leaving dogs alone in hot cars is a mistake that kills hundreds of dogs a year. But your dog can also become dehydrated just by being in the heat for too long. Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of dehydration?

Signs Of Dehydration In Dogs

  • Dry nose
  • Excessive panting
  • Sunken eyes
  • Taut skin lacking elasticity
  • Dark urine
  • Wobbly on the feet
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Warm to the touch
  • Seems lethargic and tired

How To Keep Your Dog Cool In The Summer

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Keep Your Dog Off Hot Surfaces

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Have you ever ran outside in the middle of a hot summer day and hopped around on one foot because the asphalt was too hot? Imagine how your pup’s sensitive paws feel! Keep your dog off surfaces that can climb in temperature. This includes sand and concrete. Wear flip-flops, and take the temperature of the ground with your own foot before walking your pup on it.

No Walkies When It Scorches

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If it’s over 80 degrees, leave Fido at home. If you have a double-coated dog, like a husky, think twice when the weather climbs over 75 degrees. With a fur coat, your dog will heat up quickly and easily overheat.

Blast The AC

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If your dog starts to look dehydrated, crank up the AC to give them a break from the heat. If you leave your dog home while you’re at work, leave it on all day for them.

Bring Water Everywhere

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Keep a large bottle of water in your car and a travel dog bowl, so you never get stuck without it. The key to keeping your dog safe from dehydration is making sure that you’re never in a situation where your dog doesn’t have access to water. Refresh the water bowl at home as often as necessary, and keep your eye out for any signs of dehydration so you can immediately pour your dog a nice cool bowl of water. You can also give your dog coconut water in the heat, as the electrolytes will help cool them off.

Get ‘Em Wet

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If you have a yard, turn on the sprinklers, get a paddling pool, or jump in your swimming pool with your pooch. Alternately, head to the beach or a nearby lake. ALWAYS keep your swimming dog supervised. Dogs love to swim, and it can be the perfect way to burn off energy without getting overheated. Dogs cool down through the sweat glands in their paws, so just standing in cool water with help them immensely.

Walkin' On Our Night Moves

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Don’t walk your dog during the day. Head out for a walk after the sun goes down.

What are your tips for a cool doggy? Let us know in the comments!