Fresh Patch Advises on How to Avoid Heat Stroke in Dogs when Temperatures Soar

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Taking Fido out for a walk may be a bad idea if you can fry an egg on the pavement. Fresh Patch, a new grass delivery service for dogs, recommends keeping pets inside and cool when temperatures are approaching the triple digits.

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Most dogs will not pass up the chance for a walk. They don’t know what heat stroke is and that it can kill them.

Each summer, dog owners are warned that they should give their dogs plenty of drinking water to avoid dehydration and never leave them alone in parked cars, where temperatures can quickly spike. What they may not know is that they should also avoid taking their dogs for walks during the hottest times of the day--usually mid-day. Andrew Feld, founder of the Fresh Patch real grass dog potty, says that his product can help dogs avoid such dangerous mid-day walks in high temperatures because it lets them do their “business” inside their cool homes, on their own schedules.

“Fresh Patch is useful any time of day that a dog needs to go,” says Feld, “but it can be a life-saver for a dog in extremely hot weather. Dogs don’t sweat the way humans do, and their panting mechanism may not be enough to cool them down and keep them from developing heat stroke if their body temperature becomes too high.”

Feld also points out that dogs can suffer from walking or running on extremely hot pavement. Because their owners wear protective shoes, they may not even think about how the hot pavement may be hurting their dogs’ paws. “Don’t rely on your dog to tell you that he or she is over-heating,” says Feld. “Most dogs will not pass up the chance for a walk. They don’t know what heat stroke is and that it can kill them.”

Feld urges dog owners to read about heat stroke on the Internet. “They should also consult their vets about the signs and treatments of heat stroke,” says Feld, “and most importantly, how it can be prevented."

Feld is using the Fresh Patch Blog to encourage dog owners to keep their pets inside during the hottest parts of the day during July and August—often called the “dog days of summer.” The term comes from the Romans, who believed that periods of extreme heat were related to Sirius, the Dog Star, which is the brightest star in the constellation. “Today,” Feld says, “thinking about the dog days of summer is a reminder to keep pets indoors whenever there is a sweltering heat spell. Fresh Patch can make it easy for dog owners to take this important step to help prevent devastating heat stroke in their pets.”

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