When the summer comes everything turns out to be hot including your dog. During the summer season, your dog may suffer from dehydration and health issues. During the summer season, most dog owners think about spending time in beach & other things. But when you go to the beach you always put the sunscreen, slathering and other important things. Just like humans dog need some care in summer as well.
Remember, heat stress in dogs is not something you can underestimate because if your dog is suffering from this then it may cause some other illness. It’s important to keep your dog cool in the hot weather. Many vets receive that dogs are dying from heatstroke every year (48% of vet clinics had to treat dogs for heatstroke). It happens only because of carelessness from the owner. SO if you want to save your dog then it’s better to be aware of this issue before it’s too late.
Excessive body heat
Whenever you notice any of these signs it’s a good idea to consult with your vet as soon as possible. For immediate care, you could wrap the dog in the cold wet towel this will comfort the dog instantly. Also, don’t forget to check out the temperature. If you notice that the temperature goes below 103 then you may allow him to rest for a long period of time, however, you will need to keep cool water near the dog.
Why dogs suffer from heat stress?
Just like humans, dog has a limited level of tolerance when the temperature goes too high your dog can’t endure that heat from the weather which causes heat stress in dogs. Also, another cause of heat stress is that dogs have bodies full of fur so they can’t put it off from the body which is why they feel discomfort during the summer season. Also just because they have a body of fur so the sweat can’t pass all over the body which is why it can’t release the body heat.
How to keep your dog cool in hot weather?
Give your dog enough time to rest. If your dog tends to stay outside most of the time then make sure he is playing in the shady area. However you may not have a tree which can shade the dog so in that case, you should put a shaded top so that the dog can play there.
Just like humans dog need cool water to drink which will keep your dog hydrated & thus the body will remain cool.
You can also establish a water fountain in your backyard. Which will provide water for your dog outside. You will find a lot of water fountain in the market which is easy to install.
Remember dogs love treats so during the summer season you can put some soft food blended with chicken broth or water in his meals.
Aerosols and misting fans are very useful to keep the dog cool. You can These tools can lower the temperature. Keep in mind that if the temperature is too hot then you should spray one of these in the playpen of your dog.
If your dog likes to play outside then you can create a sandbox in your backyard, but make sure that you create the sandbox in the shady corner. By doing so the dog will have less chance of getting affected by heat stress.
You can get some cooling bandanas for your dog or you can also get some cooling mats, collars, & jackets which is helpful in keeping the dog cool.
Take your dog for exercise earlier in the morning or night. Exercise keeps your dogs healthy during summer.
This is not obvious but doggies botties is a good option if the temperature outside too hot to endure. When the temperature goes to an extreme level the heat normally rises from the ground (surface of cement and asphalt) which can hurt your dog’s paw. So, in this case, you can get some doggie bottle for your dog.
Dehydration can cause your dog to become lethargic. So you need to take care of this by providing hygienic water. Also, don’t forget to bath the dog. Whenever you take the dog for the exercise don’t forget to carry a bottle of water with you.
Don’t leave the dog in the parked car. Normally there is much more heat than the open are. So if you leave your dog in the car then he is most likely to suffer from heat stress also the dog can panic from claustrophobia.
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.