The “dog days of summer” is a phrase used to describe the hot and humid days of summer. It can be traced back thousands of years to the days of the Roman Empire. It refers to the dates from July 03 through August 11, which is 20 days prior and 20 days after the star Sirius rises and falls in conjunction with the sun. Sirius was knows as the “Dog Star”, because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).
Pets, just like humans, are susceptible to heat illness – make sure to keep your animals hydrated! For dogs, Donnie says “A good general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight each day under normal conditions. Of course, any pet will need more water on hot and humid days and your pet’s age, hair type, level of activity, medical history and any prior history of a prior heat related illness may dictate that your pet needs more water than the average dog.
10. Stay indoors
Obviously if you’ve got air-conditioning in your home and your dogs are able to hunker down and watch Netflix with you during any heat spells, that’s typically the best option. But not everyone has A/C and not every dog is able to spend all their time lazing indoors, so here are some not-so-obvious things you can do when your dog needs to spend time outside — on walks, hikes, or even in the yard — during those hotter days.
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