Protecting your dogs in summer is about careful preparation and planning ahead. It will keep your dog healthy & happy and will reduce the risk of your dog having a heatstroke. We’ve put together our top summer dog care tips so that you can enjoy the sun safely with your best friend.
How to maintain your dog’s cool in summers?
Here are some tips to help your dog stay cool in the heat; these tips also help cool the dog when scorching.
- Please encourage them to live in shady areas and not in the sun
- Lay down water towels to sleep on
- Fill up a hot water bottle with icy-cold water
- Apply a field spray
- Keep the paddling pool in the shade to touch the inside
- Never leave dogs in cars
Water Is A Priority
It is crucial to make sure your dog gets plenty of clean drinking water all year round, especially in the summer. Whenever you go out with your dog, make sure you always have a bottle of water and their container.
Planned Walk-in Shades
Try and avoid exposing your dog to the sun during the day. Walking in the morning or evening will be friendly and fun for your best friend.
Import new games
Introducing new sports that do not involve extreme running is a good idea when the weather is warm.
Hide toys and go out with your dog
Use toys or treats to treat your dog in a dark rowing pool.
Freeze food or use unique food puzzles to keep your dog refreshed without much effort
Grooming Is Imperative
Regular grooming and cutting will keep your dog’s coat clean and photographed. This is important as mating can trap heat. See our list of dog grooming products here.
Like humans, dogs are at risk of sunburn if they are not protected – especially small or light-skinned dogs. However, there is sun cream made for dogs you can buy at pet stores. Ask your veterinarian about your dog’s need for sun cream if you are not sure.
Tropical areas can severely damage your dog’s footpads, mainly sand or asphalt. If these areas feel too hot for you, your dog will probably think the same.
Does Your Dog Have a Microchip?
You must make sure your dog is shaved and wears a collar with an ID tag as a legal requirement. In the summer, you can be very outdoors with your dog, so they need to be identified if they get lost.
Heatstroke in Dogs
Heatstroke is the # 1 dog killer, especially for active dogs. Active dogs usually obey orders until death, regardless of physical condition and illness. This is why it is essential to know how to diagnose, treat and prevent heatstroke in dogs.
In humans, heatstroke is happier when the body temperature exceeds 104F in adults and 105F in children. Heatstroke occurs at high temperatures in domestic dogs, with naturally high body temperatures (~ up to 102F on average). Studies have suggested that domestic dogs may show signs of heatstroke with a fever of 106F.
Working dogs are accustomed to a higher body temperature and are sometimes more comfortable than domestic dogs. In most cases, working dogs will have a body temperature between 104F and 107F during working hours. Military dogs have very high temperatures during operation, up to 109F and above in some cases. These dogs showed no signs of heatstroke. In contrast, working dogs with clinical and laboratory symptoms of heatstroke may have significantly lower body temperatures.
Signs Of Heatstroke
Heatstroke occurs if a dog is unable to lower its body temperature and can be dangerous. Signs of heatstroke include:
- Breathing hard
- Eyes shining
- Fast driving
- Lots of salivae
- Lack of communication
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Loss of consciousness
Treatment Of Heatstroke
If you suspect that your dog probably has a heatstroke, you need to take immediate action and do something. Take your pup to a cool & shady place swiftly. Rub the towels with cold water on the head, neck, and chest and allow them to drink water or lick an ice cube. Never put them directly in ice water or give them too much to drink because they may be shocked.