Protecting Your Boston Terrier from Heat and Cold
Protecting your Boston Terrier from heat and cold is extremely important for his health. Following are some tips for keeping your Boston safe.
Dealing with Heat:
- Never leave your BT in an automobile in hot weather, even for a few moments. It can be extremely dangerous, since the interior of a car can heat up quickly.
- Avoid extended periods of heavy exercise with your Boston during the heat of the day.
- If your Boston must spend time outside during the hot months of the year, make sure he has a shaded are to rest in at all times. Be sure he has access to fresh, cool water, too.
- If you aren't sure whether it's too hot outside for your Boston, err on the side of caution and keep him inside.
- Symptoms of heat stroke are heavy panting, high pulse rate, vomiting and, eventually, coma. Body temperature must be brought down immediately. If your dog is suffering from heat stroke, submerge it in cool water, hose it down or wrap it in wet sheets. Rush it to your veterinarian.
Dealing with the cold:
- Bostons have short, thin coats, so they have little protection in wet, cold weather. If you are out for a short quick walk, he will probably be ok, unless the temperatures are extremely low.
- If you plan to take your BT out for extended periods in cold weather, consider buying her a coat to wear during these trips. Some coats also add the benefit of being water-repellent. Be sure your Boston is dry and comfortable when he comes back in.
- I've never been big into clothing for dogs, but with Bostons, I've found that if I need a sweater, they usually do, too.
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