Summer may not officially be in session for another week, but as far as Leah and Dan and I are concerned, it’s been summer in terms of heat and humidity for well over a month now. I always know when Leah’s heat tolerance has reached its max: when it’s warm enough outside (usually about 80 degrees) that she’s sprawled out like a starfish on the kitchen floor.
This should go without saying, but in addition to not leaving dogs unattended in vehicles, make sure you don’t leave them unattended outside, either. Certain breeds, including Pugs, Bulldogs, and Mastiffs are especially heat-intolerant, but no dog should be left out in the hot sun or heat for a long period of time.
As for Leah, at this time of year we’ll put her out first thing in the morning, again around 9 or 10, and then she won’t go out until 6 or 7 in the evening, and then later at night, when the sun has completely set and the temperature has dropped to a more tolerant level. And when she is out in the morning, and the few occasions when she can’t hold it and must go out in the afternoon, she isn’t left out for more than five or ten minutes – and she has access to shade and a fresh bowl of water.
Considering how Leah huffs, puffs, pants, and wheezes even on “cool” 75 degree days, I bet she is as thankful as we are for the existence of air conditioning!