Dogs are most likely to suffer from fatal heatstroke within minutes. Since they can’t sweat through their skin, they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paws pads and nose to regulate the temperature. When the temperature gets high around the country, it is important to keep our dogs in mind when it comes to keeping cool, because heat stress is a serious issue, and we need to be aware of the signs of a dog overheating. Every year we witnessed dogs dying of heat stroke. A survey collected from vets shows that 48% of vet clinics had to treat dogs for the heat stroke during the summer season.
How You Can Keep Your Dog Cool In Hot Weather
- The first thing you should do is to keep your dog hydrated. Keep your eye on the water bowl at all times & refill as necessary. You can add some ice cubes to the bowl.
- Most dogs love eating more than anything else on this earth. You can feed them some treats that are cool, high in water content. In the grocery store, you can find dog ice cream which will make your dog cool.
- You should never leave your dog in the car, not even for a few minutes because a few short minutes in these conditions can make your dog uncomfortable, which often leads to death or irreversible organ damage.
- You need to protect your dog from the damaging rays of the sun. White or lighter colored dogs are most likely to suffer from sunburn (tops of nose & ears). In such case, you can use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
- Another simple step to take care of your dog at home is, by setting up a small wading pool for your dog to jump into & keep his/her cool in the yard. If your dog keeps staying outside during the day, you can buy a sunshade, or make a canopy with a thin blanket.
Never exercise your dog in the full heat of the day in the summer season; rather you should take your dog for walks in the early evening or morning.
Emily Anna is a dog lover who is studying Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science at University of Bristol. She is a regular author of this blog & also a former author of Lucky Pet Dogs and One Dog Day Care.