Summertime is sunshine, play and happiness …
and what better way to enjoy the summer than with your dog?

The dangers of Summer

Besides all the fun summer can be, the heat can also be a danger for dogs,
there are risks of heatstrokes, sunburns, dehydration and burned paws.
For Bulldog owners and owners of other shortnosed breeds,
there are extra precautions you need to take, to prevent over heating.

Here are some tips, by taking some simple precautions,
you and your dog can enjoy the summer months together.

Do not underestimate the Heat

Unfortunately a lot of dog owners underestimate the dangers of overheating.
A lot of times they think:

• My dog is in good condition and can run for hours
therefor it will not overheat → Your dog can have the best condition
in the world but all dogs are susceptible to overheating

• We live in a warm climate so my dog is used to the heat →
Eventhough your dog lives in  a warm climate it will still be
at risk of overheating

• My dog never had any problems with the heat before
so I don’t need to take precautions → What never happened before
can still happen in the future just because
your dog didn’t have any problem with the heath before
will not exclude him or her from heatstroke

• My dog has enough water and will come inhouse when
he or she gets hot → A dog cannot regulate their temperature
as well as humans can and often the dog will not come inside
when getting too hot. So keep an eye on your dog when outside
in the heat even when in the garden and make sure
to get him or her inside before overheating

• I keep my dog inside during the heat so it cannot overheat →
Inside temperatures can still be too high and can also cause overheating

A Dog’s temperature

A dogs body is less efficient at cooling themselves than people,
so they are more susceptible to overheating.
A dog’s normal body temperature is 100-102 degrees.
They have sweat glands on their nose and pads of their paws
which they use to pant and drink water to cool down.

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Victor in his early days:

More about Victor the III on the Fresno State website