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With the heat of the summer it is important to know the symptoms of heatstroke and the best way to keep your dog cool in the high temperatures.

Here are some tips on how to keep your dog safe in the heat:

  • Provide plenty of shade and water. This is the most important thing you can do to keep your dog cool. Make sure your dog has access to a shady spot at all times, and that their water bowl is always full of fresh, cool water.   On really hot days you can give them a frozen treat such as a kong ball with wet/frozen kibble or peanut butter or even ice cubes.  We use this Chilly Penguin toy a lot - it is even great for entertainment in their crate.
  • Limit exercise on hot days. If you do take your dog for a walk on a hot day, try to do it early in the morning or late in the evening when it's cooler.
  • Avoid leaving your dog in the car. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels. Never leave your dog in a car unattended, even with the windows open.
  • Watch for signs of heatstroke. Symptoms of heatstroke include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, bright red gums, vomiting, diarrhea, and collapse. If you think your dog is experiencing heatstroke, call your veterinarian immediately.

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Did you know this about dogs?

Dogs give Unconditional Love

Our favorite furballs are always there to give their love – no questions asked. Whether you’ve had a long day at work and need a little puppy playtime or are simply chilling on the couch to watch your favorite film together, your dog is there to show you his love and support. 

Hormonal Connections with our dogs

When we say we can’t help but love our dogs, it’s true! A study featured in Science Magazine found that when humans and dogs look into each other’s eyes, both dog and human experience a surge of a hormone called oxytocin. This hormone is associated with feelings of trust and love, creating the strong bond between a dog dad and his buddy.

Welcoming Wags

If you run to the post office for five minutes and return home, you’re greeted at the door as if you’ve been gone for decades! Your best bud is always happy to see his favorite human no matter how long or short you’ve been away.

Dogs hold No Grudges

Unlike our human friends, a dog will never hold a grudge. Your dog won’t bring up something you did wrong in the past or be unforgiving that you left him home to go to work. He’ll continue to wag his tail, lick your face and love you as much today as he did yesterday.

Dogs help you stay active

Dogs need daily exercise, and their dog dads do, too! Your dog’s boundless energy for exploring and playtime can keep you active and socializing alongside your pooch. Spending a good workout with your dog can help get your endorphins flowing, and help you lead a happier, healthier lifestyle.

Health Benefits of having a dog

Though coming up with ways your dog has bettered your life may come at no hesitation, it’s proven your dog can have real positive impacts on your health, too. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning and interacting with pets can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve self-esteem. And the American Heart Association claims that having a pet—particularly a dog—can help lower your risk of heart disease. It seems only natural that dogs should hold such a special place in our hearts!

Dogs have Pack Loyalty - and you are their pack.

It’s been said that a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself – and it’s not just because he depends on you for food or shelter. Dogs are pack animals that instinctually show loyalty to those they believe are part of the pack. No matter what you are going through, your dog will be there at your side. 

Dogs make great Playtime Pals

No time for a movie? No money for concert tickets? No problem! Your pooch has your evening’s entertainment covered. He’s always up for a game of Frisbee or catch. Just wrestling around is one of his favorite things to do! As long as he’s spending time with you, your dog will happily provide hours of free entertainment.

Dogs Brighten Our Days

Say you’ve had a long, boring day – or a terrible one. Your dog will cure those blues in seconds. With a few sloppy kisses and tail wags, your furry friend will have you smiling!

Dogs are our Protector and Defender

Not all dogs are trained to act as guard dogs. But if you have one, you know that he will have your back anytime, anywhere. Dogs can sense threats humans can’t and are always at the ready, willing to jump in and protect their pet parents anytime they need it. It can be comforting to know our furry friends are always looking out for us and our family members – especially during times we aren’t able to look out for ourselves. 

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