Summer is here with its warmth and its beaches. Those of us who have dogs, also, always like to go out on terraces or getaway with our pet. But keep in mind that dogs may react differently to heat.
Quadrupeds with darker fur absorb more heat. Overweight dogs are more prone to heatstroke and dehydration. Flat-nosed dogs, such as Carlinos or Pekingese, are less efficient for cooling through panting.
Here are some tips on how to make summer more bearable and pleasant for our dog.
1. Do not subject it to the sun
Take your dog for a walk in the early morning and at sunset, once the sun has set. Walk at a gentle pace, take breaks, bring water, and walk in the shade whenever you can.
Remember the 5-second rule.
If you place the back of your hand on the floor and you can’t stand 5 seconds because it’s too hot, it’s not a good idea to walk your dog; it could burn!
The floor may be scorching, and your pads may crack or burn. It is a good idea to massage your legs afterward with a pad protector so that they do not break and get wounded by the intense heat of the floor.
2. Hydration, always hydration
Make sure there is still clean enough, freshwater for the dog. In addition to water, you can also offer the dog water alternatives with electrolytes, such as unsalted buttermilk, frozen sweets, fruits, and coconut water. By the way, it is NOT a good idea to give a dog-human energy drink.
It is usual for appetite to decrease or be lost during a heat so that you can include liquids such as broth, curd or whey with meals. It is also imperative to leave the house with a drinker or special bottle for dogs if the walk is going to be longer than average, and take breaks to drink.
3. Beware of signs of dehydration
The panting of dogs is part of their cooling mechanism. It is advisable to go to the veterinarian if any of the following symptoms are detected :
- Excessive drooling
- Difficulty breathing.
- Bloodshot eyes
- Increased heart rate
- Dry and slightly elastic skin.
4. Cool your body temperature
It is essential to keep your pet’s temperature a little low during the summer. For this, you can use a damp towel so that the dog lies on it after walking, clean it with a cold, wet cloth making sure that the legs, the belly, the armpits and the back of the head are clean and moist.
There are also fresher alternatives like going to a dog pool. Also, if you see your dog dig a hole, let him. It’s another way dogs have to cool off. Keeping the dog’s body temperature a little low is especially recommended for puppies.
5. Do not leave your dog in the car
The car retains more heat than the outside area even if it is parked in the shade. The temperature of your dog can rise quickly and cause severe cases of heatstroke, collapse, and death, in less time than we think. It is quite logical, but every year you see cases like this in the news in summer … A little, please!
6. Check daily that you have no fleas or ticks
The warm weather is a paradise for fleas and ticks, so check your dog daily and change his bedding frequently. Take a look at this post on how to protect your hairy from parasites in summers.
7. Do not remove your hair
There is the idea that shaving a dog’s nose can help you be cool in summer, but it is not. The layers of hair help protect the dog from overheating and sunburn. More heat will pass even if you run out of your natural fur.
Yes, it is convenient to brush and remove layers of dead hair, and perhaps sanitation, but never shave. Our experts in dog grooming can come to your home and help you keep your dog fresh and healthy. And now … Enjoy the summer !!!