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Preventing Heat Exhaustion in Your Boxer

Your Boxer doesn’t sweat to stay cool in hot weather. He pants. And because snub-nosed dogs like your Boxer have more flesh in their mouths and throats, they don’t pant as efficiently—and may overheat more quickly than other breeds.

Signs of distress

Even if you’re not feeling the heat, your Boxer might be. Pay attention if your dog is digging. That’s a sign that he may be trying to expose an area with a lower temperature to help him cool off. Rapid panting with tongue hanging and sides heaving are also signs of distress. Other signs of overheating include ear and gums that are very red, and troubled, uncoordinated walking.

Tips for keeping your Boxer cool and comfortable

The best approach for every Boxer owner is to diminish the risk of heat exhaustion by taking these 6 easy steps:

  1. On hot days, keep plenty of cool drinking water available inside and out. Be sure your neighborhood park or dog run has a water source and use it frequently.
  2. When your Boxer is outside in your yard, make sure he has a cool, shaded area to rest in. Wet towels placed in the shaded area also provide a welcome sitting area. A child’s wading pool is also a great way to provide a constant, cooling bath for your Boxer.
  3. Never leave your Boxer in a parked car unattended. Even on cloudy days with the windows down the heat and humidity can overwhelm your dog in minutes.
  4. Walk your Boxer in the early morning or evening on hot summer days. Even after the sun goes down, sidewalks and streets can be extremely hot, burning your Boxer’s paw pads. So use extra caution walking during the summer months.
  5. To prevent overheating, splash cool water on the bottom of your Boxer’s paws, belly, genitals and ears. Blood vessels are closest to the skin in these areas and the cooling effect is transported throughout the body more rapidly.
  6. Ask your vet about adding a doggie electrolyte replacement to your Boxer’s water. Also ask about adding a 100 mg Vitamin B complex tablet crushed into your dog’s food to help moderate overheating.

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