The heat of Summer is either upon us or will be soon. But don’t be fooled. Heat can be interpreted as anything above 70 or 75 degrees, depending on the situation. And then, if you’re unlucky enough, you get to experience your dog having heat stroke form dehydration.
Did you know that a dog is sixty percent water and yet, they can dehydrate at an incredibly fast rate, compared to us, or the stupid humans that leave them in their locked up car on a hot day.
And your dog isn’t always the best indicator of needing water, believe it or not.
When humans overheat, we sweat and drink fluids. Dogs don’t. They drink water to cool down, in addition to panting and sweating from their feet (per PETA). Yet panting in the hot air from inside the car doesn’t remedy the situation. Gimme a break.
But if they’re overheated, and on their way to medical dehydration, they might get confused and not want water. Yep… that’s when you are too late with your inattentive mode of caring for your family member.
When I take my dog out to play or hike, half my water supply is for him. I have a collapsible dog bowl and lots of water. If I’ve gone through more than half his water, I start considering shutting down the play time or turning around on the hike.
Sure, you think the dog would know when to drink, but not always. If Fido starts looking lethargic or disoriented, or is showing a surprising lack of appetite, then he/she is possibly getting dried out (dehydrated).
Seeing as how I have become a bit sidetracked about keeping Fido hydrated, let’s talk about leaving your dog in the car.
Summer is coming and this is a popular time to talk about not killing your dog by leaving it in the car. But it doesn’t have to be summer for that to happen.
When temps start soaring over 75 degree is when you need to ponder the premise of NOT leaving your dog in the car. Why?
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