As a pet parent, you need to prepare carefully plan forward in keeping your dog cool during hot weather. This will reduce the risk of your dog suffering from Heatstroke and will keep your dog happy and healthy. To keep you stay forward, we’ve suggested our top 10 hot weather dog care tips, so you can relax and enjoy the summer in cool mood with your best friend.
HOW TO KEEP DOGS COOL
you can help your dog stay cool in hot weather in many ways, these tips also help to cool down a dog if they get too hot
- Persuade your dogs to get away from direct sunlight and stay in shady areas
- Put down wet towels for them to lie on
- Fill a hot water bottle with cold water
- Put the garden sprinkler on
- Keep a paddling pool in the shade with cold water for them to splash about in
- Keep a cooling mat for your dog to relax and cool down
NEVER LEAVE DOGS IN CARS
It can be fatal to leave a dog alone in a hot car, even with the open windows in shady areas as dogs can become distressed and uncomfortable very quickly. Just make sure your dog isn’t left alone in the car or any other enclosed spaces and you always have a plan for it.
WATER IS ALWAYS TO REMEMBER
Especially in the hot weather time, its necessary to make sure that your dog has a opportunity of clean drinkable water. Make sure you always have a bottle of water and bowl for them if you’re out and about with your dog.
PLAN YOUR WALKS
Avoid and try taking your dog out in the midday sun. Early morning or evening walks will be cooler and more pleasant for your best friend.
NEW GAMES CAN BE INTRODUCED
when the weather gets warmer, introducing new games is a good idea that don’t involve too much running around
- Hide toys or treats and let your dog sniff them out
- Use toys or treats to encourage your dog into a shaded paddling pool
- Freeze food or use special food puzzles to keep your dog stimulated without too much exertion
MAKE SURE OF REGULAR GROOMING
Regular grooming and/or clipping will keep your dog’s coat clean and free of knots. This is important as matting can trap heat.
USE SUN CREAM FOR DOGS
Dogs are at risk of burning in the sun, just like humans, if they’re not protected – especially lightly colored or thinly coated dogs. But the good news is you can pick up specially formulated sun cream for dogs at most pet shops. If you’re unsure whether your dog needs sun cream, ask your vet.
PROTECT YOUR DOGS PAWS FROM HOT SURFACES
Hot surfaces can really hurt your dog’s foot pads, particularly sand or tarmac. If these surfaces feel too hot for you, the chances are your dog’s thinking the same.
IS YOUR DOG MICROCHIPPED?
As a legal requirement, it’s important to make sure your dog is microchipped and wearing a collar with an ID tag. In the summer you’re likely to be outside a lot more with your dog so they need to be identifiable should they go missing.
HEAT STROKE SYMPTOMS IN DOGS
When a dog can’t reduce their body temperature heatstroke develops and it can be fatal. Heatstroke signs include:
- Panting heavily
- Eyes glazed out
- A rapid pulse
- Excessive salivation
- Coordination lacking
- diarrhea or Vomiting
- Consciousness loss
TREATING HEAT STROKE IN DOGS
You need to act fast, if you think your dog has heatstroke,. Take them to a shaded, cool area. Apply towels to their head, neck and chest soaked in cold water and let them drink water or lick an ice cube. Never place them directly into ice cold water or give them too much to drink as they may go into shock.