Heat waves are unfortunately a yearly occurrence in most places on Earth, but you can save your dog from the scorching summer sun by finding ways to keep them cool.
There are many ways that we can help our dogs stay cool during the heatwave – we can buy cooling dog beds, provide plenty of water and ice cubes, take them for walks at night or early morning before it gets too warm outside, or use fans and air conditioners.
- Use wet towels on the floor for your dog to lie on.
- Wet the back of the dogs neck (the ruff).
- Keep them in shady areas
- Use a small kids paddling pool for them to splash about in but don’t get them over-excited as their claws can rip the thin plastic base.
Never Leave Your Dog In The Car
Temperatures in cars can soar to 40C even with the windows open or parked in the shade. Dogs can become distressed and overheat very quickly. Sadly too many dogs have died being left in a hot car by their owners.
Plan Your Walks
Try to plan to take your dog for a walk early morning or evening when it’s a bit cooler and not in the midday sun. You’ll both enjoy it more.
Remember also that pavements and sandy beaches become very hot during the day during hot weather. Imagine walking on these surfaces in your bare feet, this is what it would be like for your dogs paws.
Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water everyday. You’ll need to change the water more regularly during hot weather.
If you’re out walking with your dog, take a bottle of water with you for your dog.
It’s important to groom your dog regularly but particularly so during the hot weather as matted fur can trap the heat making your dog uncomfortable.
Symptoms Of Heatstroke
Heatstroke is a serious medical condition that can lead to life-threatening complications. It occurs when the body’s heat regulatory system fails. Dogs have a lower threshold for heat than humans and are more susceptible to heatstroke than humans.
Cases of canine heatstroke have been seen in high temperatures as well as high humidity conditions due to their fur coats which make them unable to cool themselves by sweating or panting.
The symptoms of heatstroke in dogs are:
- Excessive panting, drooling, or vomiting