A couple of weeks ago we talked about how to help your cats during summertime (you can find the article here). Today we will talk about how to help your dogs, as the hottest weather can also be challenging for them. Here we have gathered some tips for you:
1. Exercise and walk your dog early in the morning or later in the day, especially after the sun has set. The coolest hours of the day are preferable for you and your dog to exercise. During this time of the year it is better to avoid midday walks, as the pavement might get too hot and hurt your furry friend’s paws, or you might want to consider using rubber boots to insulate their paws or go on more grassy walks.
2. Keep your dog indoors during the hottest hours of the day. If you have air conditioning, having it on will definitely help your dog to maintain a cool body temperature, but a fan will work just as fine. Dogs cool from the bottom up, so it might be helpful for your dogs if you keep a wet towel on the floor where they can lay down.
3. Use cold treats, but not too many at the same time, as being too cold is as bad as being too hot! You can freeze some low-sodium beef or chicken broth, or other tasty liquids in an ice-cube tray to make a frozen treat that your dog will enjoy. You can also freeze some vegetables for your furry friends to enjoy. Ice cubes will also work well on very hot days.
4. Make sure that they always have access to plenty of fresh water to sip on. If you are going on walks, remember to carry some water for your furry friend. Also, if your dog is very hot and you want to cool them down, you can spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of your dog to help him feel better.
5. If your dogs are an outdoor dogs, provide plenty shade or somewhere to get wet. A small kid pool or a similar water container will be perfect for them to jump into and get refreshed. But be careful and make sure that your furry friend is able to stand on the bottom of the pool, with their head above the water, to minimize the risk of drowning.
6. Avoid long car trips, and never leave dogs alone in parked cars, even if in they are in the shade. Cars retain more heat than outdoor areas, and also dogs may get overexcited in cars due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely.
7. Keep an eye on your dog for signs of discomfort. Dogs can only sweat through their paw pads, making panting their main way of cooling off, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. If you see your dog heavily panting, being lethargic and with bloodshot eyes, all signs of discomfort, you might want to contact your veterinarian. Also, Mad Paws can be the perfect way for you to keep an eye on your dogs and on your pets during these hot months of the year.
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