Summer Weather Concerns
It is supposed to be scorching hot out today so TOP TAILS may adjust the walks and routes based on our current extreme weather conditions. On days with extreme heat/rain/cold/ice/snow (85 degrees F/32 degrees F) the walks may be shortened to ensure the safety of our dogs and walkers. However, due to the risks associated with walking dogs in extreme conditions, rates are not changed due to shortened walks. We will spend whatever remaining reserved time indoors playing, petting, brushing, cuddling, etc with your pets.
Safe summer temperatures vary depending on humidity levels. For instance, a dog left outdoors in an arid climate may be fine in temperatures of 85 degrees, provided he has access to shade and water. However, a dog in a high-humidity climate at the same temperature might be in danger for heatstroke
Allow your dog to play outdoors as long as you can join him comfortably. Make sure he has plenty of cold, fresh water and access to shade. On extreme heat days, walk your dog in the early morning or late evening, when temperatures cool off. Place your hand on the sidewalk
first to ensure that it’s not hot enough to burn the sensitive pads on your dog’s feet.
Never leave your dog in the car during warm weather. The Humane Society notes that on an 85-degree day, a car with its windows partially rolled down reaches 102 degrees in only 10 minutes.
Breed-Specific Temperature Concerns:
While most dogs will be comfortable in the same temperatures as their humans, some breeds are more susceptible than others.
Dogs with short snouts, such as pugs, are more at risk for heatstroke than others because the hot air enters their lungs more quickly than dogs with longer snouts. Dogs with thick coats, such as huskies, overheat more easily than those with short coats, especially if they haven’t acclimated to a warm climate.
Small dogs with short coats, such as Chihuahuas, get cold faster than other breeds. Provide your dog with a sweater during winter
walks and keep his outdoor time short. Other breeds, such as poodles, are susceptible to cold if their coats are groomed short.
Keep a close eye on your dog during very hot weather. Seek veterinary treatment if his symptoms indicate a weather-related condition.
In hot weather, watch for symptoms of dehydration and heatstroke:
- Rapid heart rate
- Vomiting blood
- Muscle tremors
If you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke, spray him with water or cover him in water-soaked towels to cool him off. Provide him cool water and encourage, but don’t force him, to drink. Move him indoors or to a shady area. Seek veterinary care.