Summer is probably one of the nicest seasons. People are chilled, happy and in a good mood. ‘Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about’ sings John Mayer. However, if you live in tropical weather, summertime can get really strenuous. Especially for our pups... Keeping dogs cool in summer can be a hard task!
How to keep dogs cool in high temperaturesIt is important to take extra care of our dogs during summer. Their nutrition is a must, daily multi-vitamins boost their immune system and promote their overall health. However, if exposed to high temperatures, dogs can rapidly suffer from a heatstroke. You may think if you are ok, he is ok, but it doesn’t work like that. Dogs don’t sweat through their skin, they do it through their paws. So, imagine: if their paws get too hot, is like you’d be wearing a big sweater in 95° weather.
A heat stroke in dogs can be prevented by following a series of recommendations.
- Fresh clean water: Always make sure your dog has enough water. I can’t stress this enough: dogs need water to regulate their body temperature, so they must have unlimited access to it. If it is of any help, you can set an alarm to remember to check their water bowl every 3 hours.
- Avoid worst heat hours: To keep dogs cool in summer, try to walk them early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Avoid midday walks since it can be too hot for them. Besides, even their paws can get burned. Their footpads are prepared to handle different soils, but not overheated concrete or asphalt. You can try putting your hand on the pavement, and check the temperature. If it’s too hot for you, it is also too hot for your dog.
- When being outdoors, provide a shaded place for him: Never let your pup in the sun. Wherever you go, make sure your dog has a place to rest with shade, where he is protected from the sun.
- Never leave him alone in a non-vented area: Dogs can’t open a window or turn the AC if they are feeling hot. It’s very important that, if you are going to leave your dog alone, you provide him with good airflow, and never ever leave him alone in a car.
- Keep him fresh: How to keep dogs cool? Ice cubs for him to lick, wet towels on the floor, playing with the sprinkler outside. It’s your time to get creative. Everything you can think of to keep your dog fresh, go for it!
How to recognize the signs of heatstroke?If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact your vet asap.
- Excessive panting or dribbling
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Increased heart rate
- Red gums