1. How to protect your dog from heat exhaustion
Why it’s dangerous: “Dogs love humans to the point where they will do more than they should, and they’ll try to stay with you on a long bike ride or run even if they’re too hot,” says Jennifer Kim, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.I.M., of NorthStar Veterinary Emergency Trauma & Specialty Center in Maple Shade, NJ. High temperatures, sun, and humidity can feel more extreme for dogs than humans. Keep in mind that older, bigger dogs like Labradors are susceptible to laryngeal paralysis, a condition that severely affects a pet’s breathing. Brachycephalic dogs—aka “smush-nosed” breeds like bulldogs, pugs, and boxers, and bull mastiffs—also tend to fare worse in heat, as do heavy-coated dogs like huskies, malamutes, and Samoyeds.
Solution: Pay attention to signs that it’s too hot out for your dog. If he’s panting a lot—which is how dogs cool down—and he’s slowing down halfway through your normal walking route, give him water and take him home to cool off, suggests Kim. Always have water on hand for your dog. We love hydration products that make it easy, like The Rocky Mountain Underground Grrowler Valhalla collar (small starts at $39.99). It has an embedded water bowl so you can take it off your dog, unzip it and fill the collar up with water. Alternatively, bring a water bottle with a detachable drinking cup, like Hydroflask’s customizable MyHydro bottles (from $34).
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