Ah, summer! It’s the season that everybody looks forward to the rest of the year, and yet incessantly rants about when it’s actually here. It’s a love-hate relationship with the season that lets you bust out your light and comfortable clothing while at the same time making you want to climb into the freezer when the temperature climbs too high. Summer means finally being able to jump into the ocean without worrying about turning into a popsicle while trying not to melt on the hot sand.
On the other hand, the love-hate relationship that dogs have with summer is a lot like a tiny wee bit of love and a heaping of hate. Our furry friends enjoy summer a lot less than we do because their body is not designed to deal with heat as well as ours. Although they can release heat by sweating through the glands found on their paws and by panting, these are not enough to survive extreme heat. It is not uncommon for dogs to experience heat stress in the summer. In much dire circumstances, heat stroke can be imminent. There are several ways to help your dog beat the summer heat so that you both can enjoy the season. A shady resting area protects your dog from the glare of the sun and reduces risk of skin cancer. It is also nice to put ice cubes into its drinking water; not only does your dog enjoy it, it also helps keep the body temperature down. Scatter water bowls all over your house so that clean and cool drinking water is always accessible to your dog. Help your dogs survive summer, take a cue from these adorable canines:
1. “Come on, baby, work your magic on me.”