How Does Heat Affect Male Dogs?
Heat and hot weather can negatively impact dogs when it comes to breeding and their overall health. Overheating is dangerous for dogs. Heat is especially tough on our male dogs, used for breeding. In all male mammals, the scrotum allows the testicles to distance themselves from the body wall, allowing the testes to be two to three degrees cooler than the core body temperature. When the weather is hot and we let the male dogs out in the heat for too long, such as when they lay on concrete or worse yet, asphalt, the developing sperm are permanently damaged. Avoid prolonged heat exposure, allow the dogs to have access to wading pools with fresh water, keep the kennel well ventilated, and avoid using heated air blow dryers on your male dogs.
If you have more questions on how to increase male dog fertility, call a Revival Pet Care Pro at 800.786.4751.
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Written by: Marty Greer, DVM
Director of Veterinary Services
Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.