Keeping Your Dog Cool in Extreme Temperatures.

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Keeping Your Dog Cool in Extreme Temperatures.

Keeping Your Dog Cool in Hot Weather.

Dogs may suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes. Unlike us humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin, they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool.

Signs of heatstroke in dogs can include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling. Watch out for these.

Dogs suffer heatstroke quickly. A car can becomes an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it is 22°c outside  the temperature in a car could reach an unbearable 47°c.

Never leave a dog in a car, even for a moment. “Not long” is too long.

How to keep a dog cool and prevent heatstroke

  • Your dog must have access to clean water always, preferably a large bowl filled to the brim. Carry water and a bowl with you on walks.
  • On hot days, walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening
  • Watch your pet for signs of over-heating, including panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shaded spot and give your dog water.
  • Never leave your dog or any pet alone in a car, even with the windows open
  • Make cooling tasty treats by making ice cubes with your dog’s favourite food inside.
  • Be careful with short nosed dogs such as bull breeds, boxers, pugs, older dogs, and those that are overweight. They can get heatstroke just by running around.
  • Walking

    • Walk your dog during cooler times of the day, in the morning or early evening
    • Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. If it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws.
    • If it’s too hot for the long walk, keep your dog mentally stimulated by doing some brain games instead. Teach them new tricks.

    Swimming

    • Swimming is good exercise for dogs and a great exercise alternative to walking in the summer heat.  Not all dogs like to swim, so if yours doesn’t, don’t force them and never throw a dog into water.
    • Be aware of tides at the beach
    • Drinking salt water can make your dog sick. Take fresh water with you to the beach.
    • Wash salt and sand off your dog’s coat after swimming to prevent it drying and irritating their skin
    • Avoid heatstroke on the beach
    • There may be strong currents in rivers.
    • Dogs do drown in rivers and the sea. If your dog has inhaled water, contact your vet, as they can suffer complications.
    • Every year dog owners drown trying to rescue their pets. Don’t risk it.

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