Red and us are also located in the humid Florida weather, with the scorching hot temperatures during the day. We have learn to make a significant adjustment to his outside activities, because heath illnesses are a real threat for humans and canines alike. Our changes in his activities, are base on his level of comfort and his respiratory rate when he is having walks or "being a Dog" time; and they are as follows:
- We go for our walks early during the day, and in the early evening (as many others have pointed out).
- Have plenty of water available for your dog, dehydration on top of Heat exhation, can make things much worse, for humans and pets alike.
- There is no midday play time like in the cooler seasons, and if he goes out, is for toiletries and a brief walk around in the back yard.
- If we see him with a machine gun type of panting (very fast respiratory rate), we stop everything immediately, and go inside, no matter how long we have been in the out.
- If during our activity, when I pick up his waste, it feels that its very hot through the plastic; it is time to wrap up his outside time, since this is a reliable indicator of his internal body temperature.
These are, in my estimation, common sense things that can help us avoid heath illnesses in our beloved companions. Remember that their cooling system is not very efficient. They can not talk, and it is up to us to help them out, by identifying when they are starting to cross the line between long walks/play time/ fun; and the dangers of a heat stroke or even worse, death.
Last edited by Soldes; 06-12-2019 at 08:06 AM.