Written by: Anne Marie Forgarty, RGN
Tips to Keep Pets Cool in the Heat
Preparation and forethought are key to keeping your dog comfortable when the temperature rises.
As the days become longer and the temperatures rise, don’t forget to take precautions to keep your dog cool and comfortable. In order to keep your dog safe from heatstroke and happy, follow these simple tips.
Plan outdoor walks
If the weather is hot, don’t take your dog for a stroll since canines can’t handle the heat as well as humans can. Dogs can overheat on a warm day, particularly if they’re active. Consider whether your dog might feel more comfortable taking a short walk early in the morning or late at night when the temperature has dropped dramatically or engaging in exciting activities in your house. Be aware of the weather when arranging a stroll and take frequent rests in the shade.
Remember to give pets fresh water regularly
Your dog needs water all year round, but it’s imperative on a hot day. Ensure you always have a water bottle and a bowl for your dog when you’re out and about.
Protect dogs’ paws from hot surfaces
Tarmac and sand, both of which get hot under the paws of your dog, might be irritating for their little paws. When in doubt, conduct your research. If you can’t stand the heat, your dog probably can’t too. If possible, keep your dog in grassy or shady locations.
Avoid strenuous physical activity
In terms of your pet’s walk, ensure that safety is maintained. During summer, you must adapt and modify your workout to make it suitable for the heat. One change you can make is to limit the mid-day walks and restrict it to mornings and evenings. Walking your dog on grass is preferable. To avoid your dog being dehydrated, make sure you always have some water on hand.
Suncream for you and for them
Breeds with short or little hair can burn too. Apply as directed, dog-specific sun cream to vulnerable, exposed areas to protect them.
Shade and water are essential
During the summer, you have to ensure that your pet is adequately comfortable and protected while they are outside. Provide them with cold water regularly to cool them off. When the weather is hot, it’s best to chill your water with ice. Map out areas with dense shades in order to protect your pets. In reality, a doghouse just serves to exacerbate the problem of excessive heat.
Inside and out, keep your pet cool and comfortable
Put together a batch of homemade popsicles for your dog in no time at all. Regardless of whether your pets are inside or outside with you, always make sure they have access to water.
Cooling body wraps, vests, and mats can keep your pet from overheating inside or out. Soak these items in chilly water for up to three days to keep them cool (but typically dry). Ensure your dog enjoys a cold soak in a pet pool under supervision if they like it. Never ever leave your dog in a hot car or any other heated area. They can overheat quickly, and it can be fatal.
If your dog becomes overheated, keep an eye out for the symptoms of heat stroke. When a dog’s body temperature rises to dangerous levels, a condition known as heatstroke can occur. This may happen at any temperature, not only in the scorching heat. A heat stroke needs immediate veterinary attention, it is critical to understand how to avoid it and recognise the warning indications. Some breeds and conditions put dogs at greater risk of heat stroke than others. Even when left outside in the heat without moving, dogs with certain medical conditions are more susceptible to heatstroke than dogs with any other risk factors listed above.
Thankfully there are multiple products available from pet shops and vets to help keep your buddy cool in the heat. Take a look and get stocked up to make sure your furry friend is safe and enjoys the heat just like you.
Heat exhaustion symptoms include:
• Panting with a ferocious intensity
• Disorientation or a lack of cohesion
• Foaming at the mouth or drooling
• Diarrhoea or vomiting is a common symptom
• Weakness or trembling
For both humans and animals, the summer months can be difficult. Temperatures rise, and heavy humidity can be difficult enough to deal with; these proactive measures can ensure that your pets are healthy during this weather.