Dog Health Care! Helping Your Dog Beat the Heat This Summer !
Dog Health Care
It’s summertime! Summer is a delightful season both for dogs and humans. But if you are not careful enough, the hot temperature can kill your pup. Dogs can get heat stroke, just like humans. This year the temperature is too high, and it’s a greater risk than usual. The hotter the temperatures, the greater the risks. The temperatures are becoming extremes because of the global warming. This year in Sydney the highest temperature in the city’s history ever recorded is 45.8 degrees. So be careful. Take care of yourself and your pup too. Remember that your dog cannot cool himself off as you do. So you must make sure that your dog is comfortable and out of danger during this summer.
What shouldn’t be done in summer (Dog Health Care)
As a dog owner, there are several summer hazards you should be aware of. Following are the things that should be never done in summer with your dog:
• Your dog shouldn’t be left in a parked car: Do not leave your dog in your parked car with the windows up. Your car is a little space where the temperature can rise to 30 degrees within a few minutes. It’s dangerous. Your dog can get a heat stroke when the temperature is 110 degree. Your pup starts suffocating if the temperature is 70 degrees outside the car.
• Human sunscreen shouldn’t be put on dogs: Some pet owners are likely to put sunscreen made for humans on their pooch. It is dangerous if the dog ingests them. The chemicals in sunscreens are harmful to pets. You can use sunscreens which are made for dogs.
• Your dog shouldn’t be exercised in the midday sun: The blazing hot in the middle of the day can kill your pup. Exercise your dog in the morning, evening, when the temperature is cooler.
• Your dog shouldn’t be tied up in the blazing sun: When you think of letting your dog outside in the summer, make sure that there is a tree, shady spot, or structure where it can take shelter. Stick your dog to a grassy area; it’s cooler than concrete or dirt.
Tips for keeping your dog cool (Dog Health Care)
• Water, water, water: Water is one of the most important things to keep your dog cool. The water must be cold and fresh. Your dog can easily get dehydrated. So you must make sure that plenty of fresh, cold and clean water is available to your favorite dog. Some ice cubes can be added to your dog’s bowl.
• Keep your dog groomed: Make sure to brush and trim overgrown hair during summer. It will help him stay cool in the months of hot summer.
• Freeze your dog’s toys: You can put your dog’s toys in a bowl filled with water and freeze them.
• Keep backup water bowls: When the day is sweltering, put out multiple bowls of water. Maintain the bowls in a shady and cool spot.
• Create a ‘chill zone’: Find a comfortable place in your house where the sun cannot reach. Let your dog rest there during the hottest part of the day. You can set up a fan in the place so that your pooch can stay cool throughout the day.
• Pick a shady spot: Dogs love to bask in the sun. But if your dog spends a lot of time in the sun, it can get heat stroke and skin cancers. So always pick a shady spot for your favorite pup.
• Protect your dog’s paws: What does it feel like when you have to walk across the sun-drenched sand on the beach? Doesn’t it feel like walking on lava? Your dog feels the same when you make him walk on the hot concrete, asphalt, sand, and dirt. So it’s your duty to protect his precious paws.
• Cool Collar: Take a neckerchief, make it wet, freeze it and then tie it around your dog’s neck. It’s an instant way to cool off.
• Mini Pool: Get a mini pool from any toy shop, it won’t cost you much. Fill it with fresh water and toys. Your pup will find it fun and cool.
• Wear cool clothes: Before you take your dog outside, put a wet bandana on your puppy, and make sure you re-wet it frequently. A cold old towel or a damp human T-shirt can also be used on your dog if he is a larger breed.
Watch for Signs of Danger (Dog Health Care)
Keep an eye on your dog during the extremely hot days. Extreme temperatures can lead to heat stroke. Watch for signs of heat stroke. The symptoms of heat stroke include fast heart beat, difficulty breathing, heavy panting, glazed eyes, excessive thirst, dizziness, fever, lethargy, vomiting, lack of coordination, seizure, profuse salivation, red tongue, and unconsciousness.
Mainly very young, old and overweight animals are at the risk of having heat stroke. And also the animals which have heart or respiratory disease are likely to have heat stroke due to the extreme temperature.
If your dog shows any signs, you can initially give him some treatment at home. The dog’s rectal temperature should be checked after every ten minutes, and it should be continued until the temperature falls below 39 degrees. When dog’s temperature is below 40 degrees, moving him into a cooler place would be sufficient. When your dog’s temperature is above 40, spray the dog with water. Cool packs can be applied to the groin area, and you can wipe his paws with cool water.
Even if you think that your dog has suffered from only a mild heat stroke and you feel your treatment is sufficient, you should still consult your vet. Heat stroke is dangerous. It can cause potential internal problems.
Summer is a fun time. We all, including our pets, enjoy the fun activities during this season. But summer is also a time of potential danger. So take care of yourself and take great care of your dog, have fun, stay cool.