Summer heat affects dogs as much as we do, but unlike us, a very hot dog is completely dependent on the help of its owner. With summer, you have to make sure that your dog doesn’t have high temperatures, whether he lives outside or indoors.
If humans have many sweat glands that allow them to sweat and dissipate heat, dogs do not do this, except for their feet. This makes it more difficult for them to regulate their temperature in the event of a heat wave. To treat this, their breathing accelerates to expire in moist and warm air and breathe in dry and cold air.
Sunstroke is a very serious condition, which can lead to death in less than an hour if not treated quickly.
Signs showing heat stroke in dogs:
– Some symptoms make it possible to detect sunstroke in time. This is according to appearance:
– Panting (sharp increase in respiratory rate). – Shows strong saliva, and his mouth in his mouth. -Mucous membranes turn blue due to a lack of oxygen in the blood. – Determination, prostration, and convulsions.
Most dogs can experience heat strokes as soon as they have a fever. But there are especially dangerous situations that should be avoided at all costs by simply feeling the heat: Extremely intense physical exercise, especially when the heat is humid: avoid letting your dog run in the sun or for a very long time, and if you are planning to walk with a dog, consider growing again.
Leave the dog tied in direct sunlight. Even in the shade: The dog may experience heat if it is particularly strong. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to sunburn and burns to the legs.
Leave a dog locked in a parked car in the sun: the interior of the car will warm up quickly and heat can kill a dog when it is out only 20 ° C. Do not leave the dog alone in the car in the sun, even for a few minutes. Obesity or health problems, such as breathing problems, can be dangerous for your dog in the event of a heatwave.
Summer for your dog outdoors:
The dog should completely get clean and fresh water in large quantities: it is not enough to leave one or two bowls of water a day. Consider installing a fountain or a small pond in your garden, so your dog can have fresh water throughout the day. If the pool is large enough, he can even shower and refresh his entire body at the bottom of the water.
Your dog needs shelter from the sun’s rays: dogs will provide him with shade in addition to a nice place to settle, but any shaded and comfortable area for your dog will do the trick. Whatever you choose, be sure the dog will find shade throughout the day. It is difficult for dogs to spend hours in the hot summer sun as it is for us.
Good habits to protect your dog in summer:
In summer do not hesitate to cut your dog’s coat shorter, it will help him with the heat (you can learn how to groom him yourself). Dogs usually lose a lot of hair at this time of year, so bathe and brush it regularly to help it get rid of excess hair. When you walk your dog in summer, bring water for him. You may have the impression that a 500-meter walk does not make you thirsty, but your dog is not of the same opinion. It will need water, whether you take it with you or it is available along the way.
Leaving a dog in your car in the summer is always a problem. Even with the windows ajar, the heat can be intense and your dog will suffer. If you have to take your dog, find a place to leave him outside, and if you can’t, at least leave him some water in the car.