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How Hot Weather Impacts Dogs

 Ah, summertime.


The smell of fresh-cut grass, the sound of children splashing in the pool, the feeling of warm sand between your toes… and the constant fear that your dog will die from heat exhaustion.


It's a well-known fact that heat kills. And with summer temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in many parts of the country, it's no wonder that dogs are having trouble breathing from exposure to hot weather. But what happens when an innocent pup can't get enough water? What if you're stuck at work all day and can't give him enough water? What if he's too small to carry around his own water bowl?


Well, let me tell you: these are all questions we have asked ourselves this month as we've been trying to keep our pups cool while they avoid melting into piles of slobbery mush on our kitchen floor. And while it may seem impossible at first glance, there are actually a few simple steps we can take to help our furry friends stay hydrated during this hot-weather season.


How Does Hot Weather Impact Dogs

In hot weather, dogs can get overheated just like humans can. 


Here’s how weather impact dogs:


  1. Hot weather is especially bad for dogs with short muzzles, like bulldogs and pugs.
  2. If you're walking your dog in hot weather, make sure to check for signs of heat stroke, including heavy panting, a rapid heartbeat, and a lack of coordination.
  3. If you suspect your dog has heat stroke, get them into the shade or somewhere cooler as soon as possible, then move on to the next step: call a vet!
  4. Dogs can't sweat like humans do—instead, they cool down through their tongues—so if it's hot out and your dog hasn't been drinking enough water (which can happen if they're outside too long), they might be overheating even without any visible symptoms like those described above. Make sure you keep an eye out for signs of dehydration as well!
  5. If you're going on a trip or vacation in hot weather with your dog, pack plenty of water! It's important not just for hydration but also because it helps keep their body temperature down by absorbing some of the sun's heat.


The Vet That Cares For Your Pets

It’s no secret that dogs love being taken care of by people—but many dogs don’t like being left alone at home. This can cause anxiety for both your pet and you! That’s why Pet Me Scratch Me is here, a veterinary center in La Crosse that provides daycare for dogs of all sizes.


At Pet Me Scratch Me, we are dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment for your canine companion to play with other dogs and socialize with our staff members. We understand how important it is for your pup to feel comfortable when they come in, which is why we have designed our facility to be clean and comfortable while still being suitable for all types of breeds.

Contact us for more info!


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