With temperatures rising above 32°C and humidity all around, it isn’t easy to protect your pup from the dangers of hot weather.
In fact, increased body temperature can lead to heat stroke and hypothermia, which can in turn lead to multiple organ dysfunction, according to PetMD.
Here are seven tips from pet experts to keep your dog cool in the heat and avoid dangers under the sun:
Keep your pet hydrated
Make sure Fido has lots and lots of water around to keep him cool. Dehydration affects all dogs, and typical signs of dehydration include drooling, bloodshot eyes or sluggishness.
Be aware of overheating
Symptoms include increased heart and respiratory rate, fatigue, drooling, excessive panting, dry or pale gums, glazed eyes and high body temperature.
Do not leave your pet alone in the car on a hot day
According to the ASPCA, it only takes 10 minutes for your car temperature to climb to 39°C – and that’s when it’s 30°C outside.
Leaving your window slightly open won’t help much, either. Your car will still probably overheat.
Think before you shave your dog
It’s not always a good idea to shave your dog when the days are very hot. In fact, the fur provides some protection from the sun as well as flies and mosquitoes. Check with your vet to see if your dog requires a shave.
Exercise your dog in the morning or late at night
Don’t overdo physical exertion during very hot months, but when you take your dog out for a walk or run, be sure to do so when it’s a bit cooler outside.
Protect your dog’s paws
Hot pavement can burn your dog’s paws and can quickly overheat him or her. Luckily, there are quite a few products on the market to help avoid hurting puppy paws, including moisturisers, paw wax, dog shoes, socks or – and yes, they exist – shoe suspenders. You should also avoid letting your dog rest on hot surfaces, such as sidewalks.
Plan your visit to the vet
Make an appointment before the hotter months to check off any necessary vaccines, medications or other treatments deemed necessary by your vet. Flea and tick prevention medicine will likely be administered at this time.
This is also a great time to discuss general injury prevention under the sun with your vet and ask any of your lingering questions, including what to do if your dog does suffer hypothermia or heat stroke. – Tribune News Service/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Fiza Pirani