You’d never leave your dog in a car on a hot summer day. But chances are, you may not think twice about clipping on the leash and taking your Labrador Retriever for a brisk jog or hike.
- Avoid the Heat. Make a point to exercise your dog in the morning or early evening when the temperatures and humidity are lower.
- Walk, don’t run. If you must take your dog out in the heat, walking is a better option.
- Keep flat-nosed dogs indoors. The compressed anatomy of brachycephalic dogs can make breathing a challenge, so they are especially vulnerable to the heat.
- Lose the extra pounds. If your dog has lost his waist line, talk to your veterinarian about diets and other strategies to help reduce the extra layer.