Help Keep your Dog Safe in the Summer Sun

Dogs don’t have the option of shedding their thick winter coats in the summer time. And as your dog naturally pants year round, you may not notice when they’re doing it as a sign of being overheated. During the summer months, the risk for heatstroke increases and it’s important to be aware of the warning signs.

Dog Safety Pet StopSigns of heat stroke include:

  • Body temperatures of 104-110 Fahrenheit
  • Excessive panting
  • Seizures
  • Sticky or dry tongue and gums
  • Dark or bright red tongue and gums

Heatstroke can be deadly in a very short amount of time. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, take immediate action. Make sure you move your dog out of direct sunlight and into shade, provide cool water (not ice water) for them to drink, and place wet cloths on their feet and around their head.

Even if your dog appears fine, their internal organs are also affected by an overall temperature elevation. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke you should follow the steps above to reduce their body temperature and contact your veterinarian immediately.

It’s important to be aware that some breeds of dog are more susceptible to heatstroke. Short-nosed breeds such as bulldogs or pugs, dogs with thick or heavy coats, and dogs with heart or respiratory problems are at a greater risk for heatstroke.

When you take your dog for walks or runs during the summer make sure you bring water for your pet (they get thirsty after exercising just like you!). If possible, try to avoid walking on pavement or tar; your dog’s paw pads may appear tough, but they’re also sensitive and can be burned by the hot ground. If your dog is walking on pavement, make sure there isn’t any redness or pain.

Some helpful tips to keep your dog safe and cool in the summer heat include:

  • Being aware if your dog is in full sun all day; are they outside on a tether with no access to shade?
  • If your dog is kept inside the house during the day, is there air conditioning to help keep them cool? Having access to a basement can be an alternative to provide them with a cool environment during the day.
  • If your dog is left outside for long periods during the day (ie, while at work), do they have access to fresh water, shelter and shade? Consider having a kiddie pool nearby or a sprinkler with an automatic timer to help keep your dog cool and safe during the day.
  • Is your dog’s water dish able to be knocked over and spilled? Consider an elevated or heavier water bowl to help reduce the chance of your dog spilling their water.
  • Never leave your dog in a locked car, even if you think it will only be for a moment. This can turn dangerous for your dog very quickly!

Following these important tips will help keep your pet healthy and safe in the summer sun!

Do you have anymore tips to protect your dog during the summer?

11 thoughts on “How old should my puppy be before being introduced to my Pet Stop hidden fence?”

  1. I have a puppy and haven’t trained with the fence for several years. Training directions are well written. Where can I get the resistors?

  2. I didn’t know that there is a lot to consider when looking into these wireless fences. My dad wants our dogs to stay safe in inside our property. My uncle suggested having pet fence installation and shared this article with him.

  3. I like that you suggested setting up a pet fence with the right size so you can give your dog a visual queue that there are barriers between them and your garden. My mother is planning to use her garden to plant new trees, and she wants to make sure that her new plants are not going to be damaged by her dog. I will be sure to let her consider hiring a professional to install her pet fence.

  4. I’m thinking about getting a dog. I will need to get just the right fence for it. I agree that the containment area is the most important factor of choosing a fence. It’s important to consider the height of the fence too.

  5. I liked that you talked about socializing the puppy. I never thought about how important this could be, but my friend brought it up the other day as well when I told her we’d be getting a new puppy for the family. It sounds like it will help to make them easier around people and better behaved. We’ll be sure to do this as well as everything else you’ve mentioned with the new addition to our family.

  6. I do agree with you when you said that even if dogs have the ability to track where they came from and return home, there are many dangers waiting for them once they leave the property. My pet nearly got hit by a car, as you suggested, so I have to agree with this. Of course, I do not want him to be put in any more danger than he already is, so I will be sure to put a fence around the house to keep him in.

  7. I never thought that getting a wired or wireless fence boils down to whether it will be installed at a home or will it be disassembled then reassembled again while traveling. Speaking of traveling, my wife and I do not know what to do with our dog. She will be staying at my aunt’s house but I want to make sure that she doesn’t destroy her beautiful garden. Your article inspired me to buy fencing for my pet so that not only will it keep her yard clean and green but also keep the pet safe and sound as well.

  8. I find it interesting how you mentioned how using a motion activated sprinkler can keep your dog away from your garden, because most dogs don’t like water. My wife and I are building our new home, and we were looking to get a dog when we’re done to complete the home feeling. One thing we were concerned with was the dog getting into our garden, but knowing this information will help immensely!

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