Los Angeles, CA — July 18, 2019 — The hot weather predicted through this weekend from Oklahoma to New England is a reason for pet parents to take action to help keep their pets safe. With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees in some places, Wag!, the on-demand dog walking app, is sharing veterinarian-approved safety tips to help ensure dogs in these areas keep their cool.
As a resource to pet parents living where temperatures are soaring, Wag! issued the following hot weather safety tips from veterinarians and Wag! Advisory Board Members Ann Eliopulos and Diane Levitan:
Larger breeds and long- and thick-coated dogs can be more susceptible to the negative health effects of heat
By the time temperatures reach 85 degrees, virtually every dog breed is susceptible to the negative health effects of heat
Dogs with short snouts, such as bulldogs, pugs, and boxers have an especially hard time in warmer temperatures, even below 85 degrees
Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water
Some signs of heatstroke include: heavy panting, difficulty breathing, increased drooling, stumbling or dizziness, a reluctance to move, weakness, vomiting, no urine or only small amounts of urine, blood in bowel movement or stool, or black, tarry stools. If you think you see any of these symptoms in your dog seek immediate veterinary care
You can learn more on the infographic here: https://wag.me/summer-heat.
Wag! is also sending alerts to walkers on its platform in the heat-stricken areas, alerting them to use caution and, where necessary, limit outdoor activity for dogs to quick potty breaks to help avoid heat-related health issues.
In 2015 Wag! created on-demand dog walking and is now available in 43 states and 110 cities. The mobile app gives pet parents more flexibility to manage everyday life with instant access to experienced and thoroughly-vetted dog walkers, sitters, and boarding hosts in their communities. Wag! services are insured and backed by the 24/7 support of a dedicated Trust & Safety team. Wag! donates a portion of walk proceeds to GreaterGood.org's Rescue Bank and has provided more than 8 million meals to shelter dogs in the United States. Find us on Instagram and Facebook.