How to Cope in the Heat December 15, 2016 – Posted in: Blog
Summer is definitely here and while it can be great fun to hang out at the beach or in the park with your favourite furry friend, the high temperatures can present a real problem to dogs. Dogs are prone to overheating – in the wild they’d find a shady spot and dig a hole to stay in until the sun started to dip, but if they’re pounding the pavement with you, that’s not an option.
If you’re worried about your dog getting too hot, given the risks of heatstroke, then read on to find out how to get your cool on.
Go for walkies when it’s cooler
If the pavement is too hot for you to hold your hand on it for five seconds, it’s definitely too hot for a dog’s paws. This doesn’t mean you’re under house arrest, though, you just need to schedule your constitutionals for cooler times, like in the morning and evening.
Give Fido a light trim
If your dog has a thick or long coat, then a clip is in order. Don’t take it all off, though, as this invites sunburn – leave an inch or so, as this’ll have a cooling effect without exposing skin.
Hit the beach whenever possible
Or any body of water, in fact. If you go for a stroll in the heat, make sure you take a route that passes by a pond, a river or even a lake. A quick dip on the way out and the way back is just what you both need.
Dehydration can set in very rapidly, so make sure you both load up on H2O before you head out, and keep topping up as you go.
Watch out for heatstroke
Symptoms include weakness, lethargy, unsteadiness, sticky saliva and a tacky feeling on the mouth and gums, as well as pale (or sometimes unusually red) gums and rapid panting. If you suspect your dog is suffering, head for the shade immediately and offer him water, as well as spraying him with cool (not cold) water and call your vet.
Dehydration and heatstroke are easier to avoid than to treat, so take care out there.