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Keeping Your Dog Cool

Keep your dog cool

Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but prolonged sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion,
it can also cause sunburn. Remember that dogs cannot cool themselves by sweating like humans.
They might sweat a small amount through their pads, but the main way a dog cools off is by panting. Unfortunately, panting is not enough when it is extremely hot and humid. Because a dog depends on rapid breathing to exchange warm air for cool air, when air temperature is close to body temperature, cooling by rapid breathing is not an efficient process. Heatstroke is an emergency that requires immediate recognition and prompt treatment. It is up to you to make sure your dog stays cool and comfortable.
Here are some ways to help your dog cool off in the heat of summer.

It is essential that you keep fresh, cool water available to your dog at all times.
Don’t underestimate how much water a dog needs and risk him dehydrating!
Portable water bottles make it easy for responsible pet owners to take water with them wherever they go.

The best thing is to offer shelter, because ultimately the dog needs a cool, shady spot to relax.

Fans fitted to the crate will help circulate air around your pet to keep him cool.
Retractable arms will allow the fan to be hung on a cage, crate or pet carrier.

With either the Swamp Cooler or the Hurtta Jacket you can help your dog beat the heat. Just soak it in cold water, wring it out, and fasten around your dog. Evaporative cooling exchanges the dog's heat with the coolness of the stored water in the coat to keep him comfortable. Auto-lock buckles on each side of the jacket provide easy fitting.

It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when the weather is not that warm. Leaving a window open or a sunshield on your windscreen won’t keep your car cool enough. In only a few minutes, the temperature in a closed car can rise high enough to kill your dog or cause permanent damage, even with the windows partially open. Try sitting in a closed car with the window just open. If you're uncomfortable, your dog will be more so because he isn't as efficient as a human being at cooling himself.
When the outside temperature is 78°F, a closed car will reach 90°F in 5 minutes, and 110°F in 25 minutes. Dogs die in hot cars.

Heatstroke can be fatal. So do everything you can to prevent it.

Swamp Coat

The Swamp Cooler coat
and others can be bought at many outlets.

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