Every Friday, as many as 50 dogs and several cats are put down at the Government Pound. With your help, we can shift the focus from killing suffering animals to prevention, through spay & neuter programs and public education on responsible pet ownership.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Baark! On ...Hot Weather Tips for Dogs
Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and
Hot weather tips for
Hot weather can be dangerous for our dogs. Dogs 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 dedicate this column to helping our
canine friends stay safe in the heat.
Dogs cooling off in the shade after a long walk.
1.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 the bowls a few times a day to ensure a
constant supply of fresh water.
2.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.
3.Limit your dog’s exercise to cooler portions of the day.
4.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 if choose grassy areas over the pavement to stop during your
5.Groom your dog regularly. This not only helps prevent flea and
tick problems but it helps thin out the dogs hair which can trap heat. Dogs can
get sunburn so avoid shaving off their hair; instead keep their coat shorter in
the hotter months.
6.Bring your dog inside your home during the hottest hours of the
Please spay and neuter your animals, this simple procedure saves lives and decreases the suffering of unwanted animals.
This column is proudly brought to you by BAARK! the Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness.