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Protecting Your Beagle from the Summer Heat

Your adorable Beagle loves the outdoors, especially during the summer. While your dog is running, jumping, playing and splashing around in a kiddie pool, he or she is also at risk of heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke in dogs include excessive drooling, panting, fever, rapid heart rate, red gums, production of small amounts of urine and more. Heat stroke is serious and can have a negative impact on your Beagle’s health. In addition to heat stroke, there are other issues that your Beagle can experience due to the weather conditions. Learn to protect your dog from the summer heat today, before it’s too late.

Take Steps to Prevent Heat Stroke

Preventing heat stroke in your Beagle is easy and takes a bit of planning. First you will always want to provide fresh water for your dog, whether he or she is indoors or outdoors. Next, you will want to accompany your dog outdoors for walks and playtime. If it is too hot outside for you, than it is the same for your dog. If your dog is an outdoor dog, try to bring him or her indoors until the weather cools down. If you are unable to bring your dog indoors during the summer heat, make sure you provide plenty of shade and a water source for your dog to splash around and stay cool. This could be a timed sprinkler system or kiddie pool.

Keep the Mosquitos Away

Pet parents tend to overlook pesky mosquitoes. Always remember that they bite dogs as much as they bite humans. There are an abundance of mosquitoes during the summer months that can carry harmful viruses and heartworms that can infect your dog. Make sure your Beagle is on an effective heartworm prevention program to help prevent infection. Also provide your dog with repellent for ticks and fleas. This specially formulated repellent is made especially for dogs and also deters mosquitoes.

Avoid Antifreeze Puddles

The summer heat causes many cars to slowly leak small puddles of antifreeze. Puddles of antifreeze are like candy for dogs, it even tastes sweet when swallowed. Prevent your dog from swallowing this hazardous substance by keeping him or her away from the garage, car port or any other area that cars are parked.

Stay Away from Parasites

The summer heat causes thirst, which can cause your dog to happily drink out of any water source he or she finds. While it is safe to drink out of water bowls that you provide for your dog. It is not safe to allow your dog to drink out of stagnant water sources. These tempting sources of water can actually infect your dog with parasites that can make them seriously sick.

These precautions will help you provide your Beagle with a safe, healthy and happy summer. If your Beagle is elderly, sick, overweight or a puppy, remember that they are more susceptible to the heat. Beagles are usually strong swimmers that love to be in the water. Always provide a safe swimming environment by keeping a close eye on your Beagle as he or she swims and place a doggie life jacket on him or her to prevent drowning. Always make every summer with your Beagle exciting and fun by enjoying the outdoors.

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Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).