Dogs & Summer: How to Help Your Pet Get Through the Heat

Dogs, like us, do not tolerate extreme heat. If the thermometer shows the highest temperatures, it’s time to pay special attention to the four-legged friend. Here’s what you can do to make the summer go by without unpleasant consequences for your pet.

Never Leave Your Dog in the Car

Even if it seems to you that it is not too hot outside, do not leave your dog in a closed car even for a minute. With a sun temperature of 29 degrees, a car interior can heat up to 38 degrees in just 10 minutes. In half an hour, the heat level will already reach 48 degrees – and this is enough for your pet to receive heatstroke, followed by acute intoxication and possible death.

Monitor Your Home Temperature

If you have to leave your dog at home alone, make sure it is not too hot. Close the curtains and turn on the air conditioner for minimum airflow, setting a comfortable temperature around 21-23 degrees. If you don’t have an air conditioner, turn on the fan. Just put it higher – in case your pet decides to play with it.

Helpful Life Hack: Put your dog’s favorite rug or bedding in the freezer for a few hours. The cold accessory will help your pet to endure the heat in your absence.

Reduce Loads

Do not overuse training on especially hot and humid days. Go outside either early in the morning or late in the evening. And always take a supply of water with you.

Help Your Pet Cool From the Inside

Offer your dog homemade crushed banana ice cream with natural yogurt, frozen stock cubes, or just chilled meat chunks.

Provide Your Dog with Shade

Don’t let your dog sit in the sun for a long time. From time to time, hide your pet from the heat in the shade of trees. And offer your pet water more often. Spray water with a spray bottle to help your dog cool off.

Be Careful

Dogs whose noses are turned up and flattened due to the peculiarities of the breed (for example, Pugs or Bulldogs), it is especially difficult in the heat. It is more difficult for them to draw in air, which helps to regulate the temperature – and heat shock in these dogs sets in rather quickly. The same applies to older animals that are overweight and have heart and respiratory problems.

Cut Off Excess

If your dog has a long coat, check for tangles – they appear most often in the summer. It is best to check with your veterinarian if the animal’s coat can be trimmed. In some dog breeds, wool can serve as a thermoregulatory agent.

Visit Your Veterinarian

A hot summer is a dangerous time for dogs. Spending a lot of time outdoors can cause your pet to develop parvovirus infection, a dangerous disease that affects the heart muscle and gastrointestinal tract. Protect the animal from fleas and mosquitoes – the latter carry Dirofilaria larvae. At the first sign of a health problem in your dog, contact your veterinarian.

Be Aware of the Risk of Overheating

The dog cannot tell you how he is feeling. But by these symptoms, you can independently determine the development of heatstroke in a pet. Remember them, and at the first occurrence of at least a few signs, immediately take the animal to the veterinarian.

Symptoms of heatstroke in dogs:

  • hard breath;
  • profuse salivation;
  • breathing disorder;
  • heart palpitations;
  • darkening or redness of the tongue and gums;
  • gait instability;
  • lethargy;
  • or, on the contrary, strong excitement.

How does your pet handle the heat?
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