Summer’s is formally here in Northern part of India and so do the high temperatures. It is utmost important to keep an eye on our dogs in summer heat, as they may fall ill or get injured in the hot weather by means of heat stroke, sunburn, and foot pad burns. Dogs can only release the body heat by way of panting so they can easily get overheated.
Dogs in summer heat can go in to heat stroke, leading to organ failure, seizures, brain damage, hemorrhages, blindness, convulsions and even death. The major symptoms of heat stroke are diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, rapid panting, and reddening of the skin inside the ears. Once you observe these symptoms, immediately get your dog inside to a cooler area and offer him fresh water. You can also dampen your dog skin with lukewarm water and allow it to air-dry under a fan.
Dogs with certain condition like heart disease, obesity, older age, or breathing problems are at a high risk of heat stroke during the summertime, and for these dogs even usual activities in extreme heat can be harmful. Dogs with shorter muzzle, like Pugs or Bulldogs, would have harder time panting out their body heat, and certain breeds don’t tolerate the heat as well as others. The other breeds which are not good in hot climate include English and French Bulldogs, Boxers, the Saint Bernard
, and Shih Tzu.
Here is a list of ways on how to take care of dogs in summer and to keep your dog cool and hydrated:
Change the walk schedule:
Try to take your dog for exercise or walk either early in the morning or late in the day. It is advisable to reduce the intensity of exercise as well, especially for dogs with short snouts like pug, english mastiff, boxer, bulldog, Dogue De Bordeaux, bullmastiff and Neapolitan mastiff.
Keep your dog fully hydrated:
To your surprise dogs don’t sweat, they keep cool by panting. To keep you dog hydrated keep a fresh water supply access to your dog, and it’s better if you carry a water bottle when you go out for a walk with your dog.
Keep noticing any sign of dehydration:
If a dog becomes too lethargic and drools excessively consult your Vet for advice, as these are symptoms of dehydration.
No Air Conditioning? No Issues:
You can set up a kiddie pool and fill it with fresh water, or you may set up a mist fan in open to cool you furry friend. Laying of wet towels on the floor for your dog is very effective way to protect your dog from heat.
Never ever leave your dog in a parked car:
Your dog may panic, or get too over excited due to suffocation and over heat inside a car even when you have parked it in a shade. Keep your car AC running when you are driving along with your dog in summer.
Protect the paws of your dog:
Avoid the dog walk during the peak afternoon as the unprotected pads in your dog feet are sensitive to heat especially from cement and asphalt surface of pavement or roads.
Swimming is a great alternative for exercise during summers:
Swimming would cool off your furry friend but do not assume that all dogs are good swimmers. There may be a case your dog would need your help to come out of the pool, make sure your presence around the pool.
Proper ventilation to the dog shed:
Ensure proper ventilation is available in your dog shed; most of the dog house do not provide this provision.
We would advice all the pet parents to visit their nearest Veterinarian to seek their advice on best summer tips for dogs to prevent any illness due to overheat and what is suitable for your dog based on breed, weight, age and other factors.
How do you take care of your dogs in summer heat? Let us know in the comments!!
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