Here in Connecticut, we're having the most awful heat wave we've had in a very long time. Being outside is simply unbearable - the heat index is expected to push into the low 100s tomorrow. Between that and the humidity reaching into the high 80s/low 90s, it's weather that's truly unfit for man and beast!
Thankfully, CT's tethering law was expanded as of July 1st. Added to the law is the tethering of a dog during extreme weather conditions or when a weather advisory/warning has been issued. Anyone tethering their dog in extreme weather would be subject to fines between $100-$500. At least now we can contact our AC when we see a dog chained outside for unreasonable amounts of time, especially in bad weather, and the ACO has the authority to do something about it!
In this hot and humid weather, I'm especially careful with my dogs, particularly the three 15-year-olds. I don't let them wander around in the yard aimlessly (I know, soooo boring for them to be inside all day!). I also keep Charlie and Oliver's outside playtime to a minimum, and try to prevent Oliver from sun bathing - his favorite pasttime, no matter what the weather!
So, how can you tell if the heat is adversely affecting your dog? The following is a neat infographic from TheUncommonDog.com. It shows you how to spot signs of heat exhaustion in your dog and gives some great tips for keeping them cool.
Remember, even when there isn't an extreme heat advisory - your dog can't regulate their body temperature as easily as we can. If the sun is beating down on them, they're getting hot! They need a shady spot to help them stay cool, whether it's under a tree or an umbrella. Let's keep Fido comfy during the dog days of summer!