Hello, readers! I’m here today with a quick reminder and a stern caution.
BE VERY CAREFUL WITH YOUR PETS IN WARM, SUNNY WEATHER!
It’s more than warm enough to kill a dog left in a car.
It’s more than warm enough to kill a dog if it’s over-exercised in the heat.
Overweight pets are at MUCH higher risk for exercise-related emergencies. I’ve had to put 2 dogs to sleep in the last 2 days because they were obese, overexerted in the heat, and went into a type of respiratory failure. Neither dog could breathe through its swollen throat.
As you start enjoying the warm weather, remember these helpful tips:
Have shade available.
Have fresh cold water available. Carry a bottle and a bowl for your dog and give small amounts often.
Limit exercise to the cooler parts of the day (early and late).
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN THE CAR. PERIOD. It’s too big a risk to take. Heat can be rapidly fatal.
Be safe out there!