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Cool tips for hot dogs

The best way to control a dog’s temperature is to control its environment. Make sure shade and cool, clean water are always available.

Dogs don’t sweat like humans, so keeping them cool during a hot Central Texas summer is essential — especially if you’re taking them on vacation in the great outdoors.

Dogs have sweat glands associated with their hair follicles, but they only sweat in the areas not covered in fur, in particular paws, according to the American Kennel Club. An overheated dog can leave sweaty paw prints.

“Sweat plays a very small role in cooling down your dog,” according to the AKC website. “Dogs rely on panting to do most of their temperature regulation. They also rely on vasodilation to help them cool off, which is the expansion of blood vessels, especially in their ears and face.”

The best way to control a dog’s body temperature is to control their environment. When outdoors, make sure dogs have access to shade and plenty of cool, clean water. Never leave an animal in an unattended car, even for a few minutes.

The AKC also recommends curbing exercise when it’s too hot outside. Take walks early in the morning or later in the evening. After playing fetch, carry the ball back inside so your dog can use its mouth to pant and cool down.

Cooling vests are also available for about $30. Just wet the vest, wring it out, and zip it onto your dog. Sensational summer fashion statement!

editor@thepicayune.com

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