Summer means bright and sunny mornings and lots of fun outdoors, but do you know that the high temperatures can be dangerous for your canines and pets? Veterinary doctors say that they receive a large number of emergency cases during the summer. Just like the way you take precautionary measures for yourself and for your family during the hot summer season, it is important that you do the same for your pets to protect them from having heat stroke and other health problems.
The following basic measures can be taken to make sure your doggie doesn’t get affected by the heat and enjoys the summer season with you:
1. Provide water to keep them cool
To keep the furry member of your family safe and healthy during high temperatures, make sure they have plenty of drinking water available all the time. Also, dogs love to lie down in water to cool off, so allow them to do that in a bath tub or a pool. Since dogs do not have sweat glands on their skin, they lower their body temperature by drinking plenty of water and when allowed to lie down and play in water, they get some relief from the heat.
2. Leaving your pet dog in the car could be dangerous
Remember that the temperature inside a parked car is much higher than it is outside. It is better to either leave your dog at home or take him with you whenever you park your car. A dog’s body temperature can rise and they can even get heat stroke if left in the car, even for an hour.
3. Protect your dog’s paws
Can you walk barefoot for a mile on a hot summer day? Surely not. So, how can you expect your dog to do that? Long summer walks can burn your dog’s paws, especially if he’s a young pup. In order to protect his paws, avoid going out during afternoons. Take your puppy for a walk either in the mornings or late in the evening. If, for some reason, you have to take your pet out during the day, make them walk on grass or other cool surfaces and avoid cement or asphalt surfaces. Additional protection can be provided by using paw wax and regularly moisturising your pup’s feet.
4. Your doggie needs sunblock too
Although dogs have fur to protect their skin, they can still get skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to provide them additional protection from the sun by applying sunblock on them. No, do not apply your sunblock all over your puppy’s body. There are sunblocks especially made for pets which need to be applied on areas where there are less or no hairs, such as their belly.
5. Keep an eye on your dog
During the summer, it is important to keep an eye on your dog and look for any signs of dehydration or heat stroke so that emergency care can be provided. Lookout for the following warning signs which are indicative of their high body temperature:
- Too much consumption of water
- Heavy panting
- Disorientation or confusion
- Red eyes