As temperatures rise to new heights this summer, we must not forget about our furry family members. Cats have the luxury of napping and running around in the air conditioned inside but dogs require a bit more care. Here is how you can keep your pets cool in the heat:
Take your dog for their walk either early in the morning or later at night.
Temperatures soar during the day and spike around 4-5pm. Exercise is always necessary for a healthy pup, but in the summer, you can be a bit more relaxed. If you must take your dog out at the hottest times of the day, be sure their feet are protected. If you live in the city and grass is not an option, use doggie boots. They can be found at your local pet store and they protect your puppy’s feet from sizzling on the cement. Heat rises from the ground and surfaces like cement and pavement are especially hot. Dogs absorb and release heat through their feet so boots can help keep them cool.
Humans need to stay hydrated and so do dogs!
Keep their water bowl full at all times and if you travel, be sure and bring a bowl and water for them. There are many collapsible bowls on the market as well as water bottle attachments. Put ice in their water or even make them some homemade frozen treats! Darker coats absorb more heat than lighter and that dogs who are overweight are more prone to dehydration. If you notice that your dog is drooling excessively, lethargic, or has bloodshot eyes, he may be overheated and need water. Dogs can’t sweat and they cool off by panting.
Some breeds do better in the heat than others.
Those with thinner coats like Beagles, Dalmatians, and Chihuahuas as well as dogs with longer noses do the best in hot temperatures. Dogs with shorter noses and thicker coats and dogs with health problems like diabetes and weight will struggle more in the heat.
Know the signs of heatstroke and never leave your dog in the car.
They will have a raised temperature (above 101.5 degrees), muscle tremors, staggering, and fatigue. If you think your puppy is experiencing heat stroke, cool them off with wet towels and if it continues, get them to the vet.