Even if your dog is a tough little dude, soaring temperatures are never his friend. It's your job to help him stay cool. With that in mind, avoiding the things you should never do with your dog on extremely hot days is a great start. Remember, your buddy is experiencing all that heat in a fur coat, so it's a little more intense for him.
In general, if you're uncomfortable in the warm weather, your dog is feeling it even more. Overall, dogs can overheat more easily than people, as noted by veterinarian Marty Becker in VetStreet. Your furry friend can overdo it in the summer heat, increasing the risk of heat stroke. Because you'd rather spend the summer enjoying time with your dog, and not worrying about him at the vet, it's important to stay mindful of potentially dangerous activities in the heat. "Pets who are left in hot cars are the victims who usually make the most dramatic headlines, but the cases we see are usually the ones where pet owners are caught unaware," said Dr. Ian Kupkee, veterinarian at Sabal Chase Animal Clinic in Florida, in NBC Miami. You can accidentally put a dog at risk of overheating without any malicious intentions at all. Read on to learn what you should and should not do with your dog when the temperatures are soaring.