Gail Fisher's Dog Tracks: Dogs have their own way of keeping cool when the weather gets hot
Dogs don't cool off the way people do. We have sweat glands all over our bodies, including in our armpits. We sweat through our skin pores, and as uncomfortable as we may feel when we're sweaty, the evaporation of the moisture on our skin is what helps regulate our body temperatures in the heat. This evaporation is cooling, which is why we're more uncomfortable in high humidity. We can't cool off when the air is damp, and our sweat doesn't evaporate and cool us.
In fact, the opposite is true. Your dog's coat helps keep her cool, protects her from sunburn and bugs. It is important, however, to make sure that any undercoat or mats are removed. Hair mats will make your dog both uncomfortable and warm, so make sure your dog is well-brushed-out, removing all of the dead undercoat and tangles.
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