Protecting hot dogs on hot days. No not the ones on a bun but rather the ones in our laps, or walking, or running beside us.
If you’re having sunny weather it can be oh-so enticing to get outside with your dog and have a good time. There are so many things you can do from throwing a Frisbee or stick to hanging out at the beach.
But, are you aware there is a danger that your dog will get sunburn, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. The good news is that you can prevent these things from happening to your hot dog.
You might not have even thought it but the sun can burn your dog. Particularly sensitive areas are the nose, ears, and lips.
If possible keep your dog in the shade between the hottest hours of the day. These are usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
If there is no shade available you can put sunscreen on your dog’s nose and other sensitive areas.
It's not safe to put sunscreen on your dog’s lips. Just keep an eye on them to be sure there is no sunburn. Any blistering needs to be examined by a veterinarian.
Hot Dogs= Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Have you ever left your dog in a parked car? If so, it’s definitely time to stop. In fact, leaving a dog in a car is the number one reason that dogs get heat stroke.
They can also develop it if they are too active on a very hot day and don’t have a shady spot to go to.
If your dog is overweight or has a history of lung or heart disease you need to be extra careful. Older dogs are particularly susceptible to getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Leaving your dog in your air conditioned home is best if you are going to be out running errands. If you must take your dog with you, leave them in the car with the air conditioner still running, preferably with a human with them.
Try not to take your dog exercising with you. Some people like to take their dogs power walking, jogging and cycling. Call it a day if your dog falls behind or seems overly hot or tired.
Be especially careful with dogs that live outside, these owners need to provide a shady area for them to go during the day. Ventilated doghouses and umbrellas that can do the trick.
It is best to keep older dogs inside no matter what when it’s very hot. You might even want to keep a fan on your dog to make sure he stays nice and cool.
Finally, keep an eye out for danger zones such as hot, black pavement, the bed of a truck, or beach sand. If you allow your dog to be on these areas he might get blisters. Stick to grassy areas if at all possible.
Water is Essential
Be sure there is clean, cool water available at all times. Giving your hot dog water is one of the number one way that you can prevent heat problems. This will stop dehydration and other heat problems in their tracks.
Enjoy The Season But Use Caution
Yes, we all look forward to summer days and enjoying the sun after the chilly days of winter, but it is entirely up to us to use caution and keep our children and pets safe from the dangerous effects of the summer sun.
Make sure the only hot dogs you have are on a bun with ketchup and mustard!