August is a time when we love being outdoors with our dogs: on the beach, in the park, on our boat, in the yard, by the lake... wherever recreation can be had. Here are some things to remember while soaking up this last month of summer:
When they first go out, dogs don't always realize how hot it is. They want to run amidst all the wonderful scents of high summer. Pace your dog when it's hot even if he's overly eager at first. If he gets too hot and cannot expell all the excess through panting, he may get heatstroke. Symptoms of heat stroke are lethargy, dry panting or shallow breathing, shaking, and convulsions. If you suspect your dog has heatstroke, wrap him in a damp, cool (NOT COLD) towel and get him to the nearest veterinarian quickly.
Finally, wherever you go BRING LOTS OF COOL WATER AND A DOGGY DRINKING DISH!
Your friends at The Doggie Den wish you
the best summer ever.
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