The summer has finally arrived and it can be quite a tough season. The months of summer are uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous for both the pets and their owners. It can be difficult enough having to cope with the rising temperatures and the humidity.
However, with proper care and precautions, you can take good care of your dog and help them survive any summer heatwaves we get and even let them enjoy the sun. Here are some of the tips you should keep in mind when helping your dog tackle the heat:
- Never leave your pets in parked cars
It is a known fact that dogs die in hot cars if left inside, especially in the summers. Never make this mistake even if the car’s air conditioner is running. On a normal warm day, the temperature inside the vehicle can rise to dangerous levels rapidly.
- Watch what your dog eats
Summertime is the time of the year when you are feasting on exotic meals during your summer vacations. Sometimes, your dog will also take a bite or two out of that food. While it is Ok to share certain food items with your dog, in case you aren’t sure if what you’re eating is not suitable for your dog, then it is better to stick with dog food instead of feeding it something that’ll do more harm than good. Don’t let your dog munch on garden plants and grass that has been sprayed with insecticides or pesticides as they contain toxic chemicals.
- Make them drink plenty of water
It is recommended that dogs must drink around an ounce of water per pound of pet daily. However, during the summer, you should supply them with a lot more than this because dogs might not lose water through sweat but they can easily lose it through other ways like drooling. Drinking a lot of water will also make them remain cool and hydrated. Always keep a water dish both inside and outside the house, and refill it with clean, fresh, and cold water daily.
- Keep the exercise time limited on hot days
You should take special care of your pet if you both exercise together every day. Remember to adjust the duration and intensity of exercises in accordance with the temperature. Try limiting the sessions to early mornings and evening hours as the heat temperatures tend to be lower at these times. Be extra careful with dogs with white-coloured ears as they are more susceptible to skin cancer. Always make your dogs walk on the grass as concrete and tarmacadam can get so hot that it can burn their paws and remember to carry a water bottle so that your dog doesn’t get dehydrated.
- Watch out for signs of heatstroke
Heatstroke is common during extreme temperatures. There are certain signs of heatstroke like a rapid heartbeat, heavy panting, difficulty in breathing, glazed eyes, excessive thirst, lethargy, and more. Make sure you spot any signs of a struggle and get your pet the care and attention it needs.
- Trim their fur instead of shaving them
That shiny, thick coat might look hot, but it is important to your dog’s ability to regulate the body temperature. It protects them against sunburn and heatstroke. You can trim down the fur and brush the fur regularly, but remember to keep your razor in the closet because their fur is more important than you think.
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Learn more by listening to Aoife, our Clinical Director, on Dublin City FM talking about pets in the hot weather:
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Village Vets – Giving your dogs extra affection and protection during the summer heat
At Village Vets, we try to give your dogs the affection and protection it needs to get through the summer heatwaves. We have a team of vets and nurses who are experts in their trade as we treat your pets like our own and shower them with love and affection. We provide holiday pet care, as our services are available weekends and during holiday days of the year.
If your dog is suffering from heatstroke, do not hesitate in contacting us as we will treat them and make sure they are cured within no time.