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Keep your dogs cool during the summer heat


Published: May 28, 2013

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Hot weather can be dangerous for dogs because they lack the ability to cool off as effectively as is often required. Since we live in The Bahamas, known for our often soaring temperatures we are offering a few tips to keep your canine friends safe in the heat.

• Water, water and more water. Dogs can dehydrate very quickly. In the hot weather, dogs need access to plenty of water. Be sure to check their bowls a few times a day to ensure a constant supply of fresh water.

• Shade, shade and more shade. Think about it, if you get hot while in the sun, what do you do? Chances are you seek shade and feel the instant difference. Dogs require the same thing and need access to a shaded and ventilated area if they are kept outside.

• Limit your dog’s exercise to cooler portions of the day.

• Remember dogs are much closer to the ground than we are, standing on the hot asphalt street will heat up the dog faster than it does us. Be mindful and choose grassy areas over the pavement to stop during your walk.

• Groom your dog regularly. This not only helps prevent flea and tick problems but it helps thin out the dog’s hair which can trap heat. Dogs can get sunburn so avoid shaving off their hair; instead keep their coat shorter in the hotter months.

• Bring your dog inside your home during the hottest hours of the day.


• Please spay and neuter your animals. By ensuring your animal cannot produce more litters, you are saving lives and decreasing the suffering of unwanted animals. Please consider donating or helping with Baark!’s efforts to improve animal welfare in The Bahamas. For more information, contact us at info@baarkbahamas.org, 427-SPAY or visit our website www.baarkbahamas.com.


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