Amy Bosecker, founder of MASH-Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital and noted veterinarian, knows that keeping dogs safe during the summer months can be more difficult that it may appear. With temperatures upwards of 100 degrees in some parts of the country, the summer months can wreak havoc on canines that are not properly hydrated and sheltered. Here, Dr. Bosecker comments on a recent article posted by The New Indian Express, which offers tips for keeping dogs healthy during the hottest months of the year. Dr. Bosecker also provides her own insight, based upon her experience in the veterinary field, regarding ways in which pet owners can engage their animals without having to go outside.
The article recommends that pet owners ensure that their canines have plenty of water to drink, both indoors and out of doors. Additionally, keeping pets groomed can help protect them from the harsh rays of the sun. This can also keep them more comfortable, which can improve their quality of life.
Maintaining shelter in a cool, shaded location is also important, as dogs can become overheated quite quickly. The article explains that canines do not sweat like people do, so it is difficult for them to cool down their bodies—particularly if they are in a humid environment.
Dr. KG Umesh is quoted as saying: “Dogs can’t perspire efficiently like us and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Air moves through the nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body. As it is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves along with it. Although this is a very efficient way to control body heat, it is limited in areas of high humidity or when the animal is in close quarters. However, by following a few summer pet safety tips, you can keep your animal friends healthy and enjoy the months of sun and fun to the fullest.”
In addition to the information already cited, these tips also include keeping pet beds cool by removing any cushions from a dog’s crate. Furthermore, pet owners are encouraged to limit the exercise that their canines get in order to keep them from becoming overheated. By going for a walk or run during the morning or evening hours, pet owners can avoid the heat of the day and allow their animals to get the workout they need without suffering from extreme temperatures.
Amy Bosecker believes that these tips are wonderful for pet owners who are dedicated to keeping their canines safe as the summer months approach; however, she has added her own insight in a statement to the press. “While it is great that pet owners are attentive to their animals when they are home, it is crucial that they keep the safety and wellbeing of their pets in mind when they leave for the office or to run errands, or wherever their day might take them,” Dr. Bosecker asserted. “Oftentimes, people turn off the air conditioning when they aren’t home to save energy, but this can prove extremely dangerous if pets are left in the house. Additionally, it is important for pet owners to ensure that their animals have extra water during the summer if they are going to be gone for several hours. I recommend putting down an extra bowl of water if individuals are going to be gone for an extended period of time.”
Dr. Bosecker goes on to acknowledge that keeping canines healthy and happy during the summer months can be difficult for pet owners who are limiting playtime outside, as dogs may begin to feel confined and may have too much pent up energy. To address this issue, Dr. Bosecker recommends that pet owners adjust their routine so that they can take their dogs out in the morning or at night, when it is not so hot outside. Additionally, she suggests getting toys that can be played with indoors, such as ropes and other small items. This will keep pets busy and allow them to get a bit of exercise without having to expose them to extreme temperatures.
Dr. Bosecker has over a decade of experience as a veterinarian and has seen many of the devastating effects that prolonged exposure to the heat can have on animals. As such, Amy Bosecker urges pet owners to take good care of their animals during the upcoming summer months, as doing so can prevent heatstroke, overexertion, and even death.
Amy Bosecker is a veterinarian practicing in Ft. Myers, Florida. Dr. Bosecker has run her own practice, MASH-Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital, since 2000, where she specializes in treating small animals. After starting her career in Iowa following her graduation from Purdue University, Dr. Bosecker returned to Florida and has since devoted her time and energy to caring for the animals of The Sunshine State.