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How to keep your dog safe in the Orlando heat this summer

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As the summer months approach in Orlando, it's important to remember that the hot weather can be dangerous for dogs. Dogs are susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which can lead to serious health problems and even death. As a responsible pet owner, it's important to take precautions to keep your furry friend safe during the hot summer months. Read on in our latest blog post for some tips to help you keep your dog safe in the Orlando heat this summer.

  1. Keep your dog hydrated: The most important thing you can do for your dog in hot weather is to make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water to drink. When you take your dog outside, bring a water bottle and a collapsible bowl with you so that you can give them water whenever they need it. If you're going to be out for an extended period of time, consider bringing a cooler with ice packs to keep the water cold.
  2. Avoid midday walks: The hottest part of the day in Orlando is typically between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. During this time, it's best to keep your dog inside or in a shaded area. If you need to take your dog for a walk, try to do it early in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are cooler. Be sure to check the temperature of the pavement with the back of your hand before you take your dog for a walk. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your dog's paws.
  3. Provide shade: If your dog spends time outside, make sure they have access to shade. You can provide shade by setting up a canopy or umbrella in your yard or by putting a sunshade over your dog's kennel. If your dog doesn't have access to shade, they can quickly become overheated and dehydrated.
  4. Never leave your dog in a hot car: Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels. On a hot day, it can be deadly. If you need to run errands, leave your dog at home. If you're traveling with your dog, make sure to stop frequently and provide them with water and shade.
  5. Watch for signs of heatstroke: Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that can occur when a dog's body temperature rises too high. Signs of heatstroke include panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and collapse. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, take them to the vet immediately.
  6. Protect your dog's skin: Dogs with light-colored fur are at risk of sunburn, just like humans. If your dog has light-colored fur, apply a pet-safe sunscreen to their nose, ears and other areas that are exposed to the sun. You can also protect your dog's skin by providing them with a lightweight, breathable shirt.
  7. Keep your home cool: If your dog spends a lot of time indoors, make sure your home is cool and comfortable. You can use fans and air conditioning to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If you don't have air conditioning, consider setting up a cooling mat or providing your dog with a small kiddie pool to cool off in.

In conclusion, it's important to remember that dogs can quickly become overheated and dehydrated in hot weather. By following these tips, you can help keep your furry friend safe and healthy during the hot summer months in Orlando. Remember to always provide plenty of water, shade and a cool environment for your dog and watch for signs of heatstroke. With a little extra care, you and your furry friend can enjoy a safe and fun summer together.

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