Sunday, June 24, 2012
Hot Weather, Water, and Dogs
As a dog overheats his rapid panting causes him to become dehydrated. As a dog becomes dehydrated his blood thickens and his organs -- hearts, lungs, even brain -- become damaged.
Even if a dog survives this overheating and dehydration, his health can be negatively affected for the rest of his life. Organ damage is permanent.
Which also points out the importance of keeping your dog hydrated -- providing enough clean water -- at all times in warm weather. It is also important to make sure that your dog is drinking. Dogs playing, working, or otherwise being active in warm weather are more prone to dehydration; it is important to make sure a dog takes regular breaks and drinks.
It is also possible to provide an on-demand water spout for your dog if your dog is a heavy drinker, if you have trouble remembering to fill the water bowl, or if your dog prefers fresh water.
And please, do not leave your dog in a car without the air conditioning running. Your friend may enjoy a car ride but they will not enjoy overheating in a parked car...in fact, they may never recover.