Proper grooming can help keep your pets cool this hot summer
Time and time again we remind you to keep a close eye on your pets when it’s excessively hot outside.
Pet grooming can help dogs stay cool as the heat index enters triple digits. Imagine wearing a thick winter coat on a hot summer's day, and you'll understand why dogs can fall victim to heat exhaustion and stroke so easily.
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Unlike humans, dogs can't sweat through their skin, so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool.
One groomer says there are other ways to prevent your furry friend from falling victim to heatstroke.
“Especially the dogs that have the flat faces like your boxers, Frenchies, Boston Terriers,” said Sarah Speer. “Those of the dogs that you want to be extra careful with.”
Sarah Speer with The Ark Spa and Hotel says having the proper cut, or trim can be the difference between having an enjoyable summer, and a miserable one.
She says if oxygen is not getting to the brain, it can cause seizures. So, it can be very serious.
“So it says if he can be damaging to a dog's lungs, their kidneys, and their liver,” said Speer. “Heat can limit the proper flow of oxygen”
Speer says breed can play a huge role in how a dog takes in their environment, how they behave in their environment, and how their environment impacts them.
She offers some tips for pet owners so their furry friend can stay cool as the heat index increases.
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“You can put cold towels on them,” said Speer. “Dogs receive coolness from their tongues, and through their parts. So you want to make sure that, that's where you were cooling them off. By putting their paws in the water, and making sure their nose and tongue are moisturized.”
Speer knows dogs must go outside at some point in the day, but she suggests limiting the time to 20 minute periods.
She also reminds owners to give their pets water before, and water after the walk.
Speer even offers a trick for people to tell if it's too hot to be outside.
“To prevent those kinds of burns put the back of your hand on the asphalt, and leave it there for about five seconds,” said Speer. “If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your pups’ paws to be on it.”
As you take your dog out for a walk, be mindful of the hot asphalt, and keep walks short.
If you're going on an extended trip, protect your dog’s paws with paw pad protectors.T hat will keep them from burning.