The summer season is a great time to spend bonding with your pup. However, higher temperatures can also bring higher risks for your dog. Remember, pets don’t handle the heat the same way that humans do. Because we want you to enjoy the summer season with your pet, here are some recommendations that will help you keep your dog safe and cool throughout the summer.
Know The Signs of Heat Stress in Dogs
Even if you are taking preventative measures, you should always keep an eye out for signs of heat stress in your dog. A dog’s body is a lot different than a human’s body. Just because you aren’t affected by the heat doesn’t mean that your dog isn’t struggling to maintain a proper internal temperature.
Signs of heat stress include:
- Heavy panting
- Red gums
- Decrease in urination
If you notice any of these signs in your dog, make sure that you are bringing them to a cool, shaded area. You should also provide them with plenty of water to drink.
Help Your Pup Stay Hydrated Throughout the Day
Whether it be at the beach, dog park, or in your back yard, make sure that you are giving your dog extra water when they’re outside. Running around in the summer heat will make your dog much thirstier. To avoid the risk of dehydration, make sure they always have access to fresh, clean water.
Never Leave Your Yorkie Alone in The Summer Heat
Symptoms of heat exhaustion can happen quickly, so make sure that you’re keeping an eye on your dog. At the risk of missing signs or symptoms of heat exhaustion, you should never leave your dog to roam your yard alone. Remember, heat exhaustion is not something that you should take lightly. It can be fatal to dogs.
Maintain Pet Grooming During The Summer
Your Yorkie has a long coat that helps them stay cool during the summer. Because they use their coat to help cool them down, it’s important to focus on grooming regularly. Grooming will help remove any mats, tangles and can remove other irritants like grass and dirt that they picked up from playing outside.