Summer is a fun time to play, walk around the park, go hiking, and enjoy the breeze of the beach. But the heat could be dangerous not only to you but also to your dog. It would really be difficult for dogs to cope with the summer heat. They aren’t like you who can cool themselves. Dogs cool themselves through their pads by panting, but it is not enough to refresh themselves when it’s extremely humid and hot.
The hot temperature may cause overheating or heat stroke that could lead to difficulty in breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Seizures, blood diarrhea and vomiting along with a very high temperature over 104 degrees may also occur. To pamper and make your pal feel comfortable, take note of these summer safety measures for your dog:
1. Visit the Vet
Take an early summer visit to your veterinarian. Your dog must have a summer checkup to ensure he/she will be able to cope with the hot weather. There are dog health concerns that need the veterinarian’s advise.
2. Give dogs extra water
Your dog can be dehydrated during the peak of summer. It is always important to make sure your pooch has plenty of water to drink. Water helps to keep them cool and refreshed. Keep the water dish in a shady corner and change it frequently.
3. Keep dogs in a cool place
Your dog may love to play under the summer heat, but always make sure that your pet has a cool and comfortable place to rest. Imagine sleeping on a very humid room with no way to feel relaxed. Don’t let your dog experience such discomfort. Get an insulated dog house and make sure it is well-ventilated. Not all dogs are trained enough to turn on fans or use remote controls of air-conditioning. It’s your job to give them several ways to cool off.
4. Provide pools for cooling
A pool in your backyard will help cool your dogs, if he/she loves water. You can buy small tubs or kiddie pools from home stores. Your dog will enjoy to play and lounge in cool water. Just keep an eye on your dog like you’re guarding a toddler in a kiddie pool. This can be one of the healthy dog treats you can give your pooch.
5. Buy cooling dog beds
If you notice your dog preferring to lie on tile or concrete floors at times, then his/her bed might be too warm. You might need to consider buying a cooler dog bed for your pooch. Cooling dog beds offer the comfort and softness that your dog craves. It uses gel-like material or simply water to keep the bed feeling cool. These kind of beds are great for the hot season, but consider changing them when the cold weather comes.
6. Brush your dog regularly
Brush your pooch regularly. You can help your dog stay cool and avoid summer skin problems as well in keeping his/her fur clean and untangled. You might think that shaving off your dog’s fur down to the skin can help alleviate heat, this just puts your pet on high risk of summer skin problems. Keep at least one inch long fur to protect the skin from the sun.
Just like humans, dogs feel a bit under the weather when the summer heat strikes. But despite the hot temperature, many dogs love to play outdoors. It’s not a good idea to keep your pooch inside the house for the rest of the hot season. Just like you, they need to have fun. Always remember variety is the spice of life. Don’t be cruel to keep them away from running around the backyard and get along with other dogs in the neighborhood. Just keep an eye on your buddy to ensure their safety.