The time is almost here, and the hot summer months are upon us. The early morning sun comes in, and the afternoons are unbearably hot for your dog. But with a bit of ingenuity, you and your dog can survive the hot summer. Here are some things you need to do when it’s hot and ways to relieve the heat.
1) Create a Cool Hiding Place
Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their paws. This is not enough to regulate the temperature throughout the body, so dogs pant to release excess heat. However, when it is very hot, this is no longer useful.
Therefore, dogs need more options to protect themselves from the sun and avoid heat stroke. For example, awnings can be installed in the yard or on balconies. Dogs also like to cool off under bushes and trees.
Dark floors can be covered with light blankets or old towels to prevent them from getting too hot too quickly in the sunlight. If it is scorching, it may be moistened with water. Cooling mats can be used to provide a cool place for dogs. You can fill it with water or gel and refrigerate it.
To keep the house cool, you can also darken the windows with curtains or blinds in the morning. You can open windows and doors at night to ventilate the warm air.
2) Don’t Leave Your Dog in the Car
Even at average temperatures, cars can get dangerously hot in a short time. Unfortunately, opening the windows is not enough to cool it down sufficiently from a certain temperature.
As a result, the risk of sunstroke is incredibly high in the summer. To protect your dog from these dangers, try not to leave him unattended when you go shopping, for example.
3) Foods Rich in Water
The amount of water a dog needs daily depends on its weight, activity level, and diet. Therefore, dogs that eat only dry food will drink more water.
However, supplying some of the water with food is already possible. If they like wet food too much, you can supplement it with dry food or replace it during the summer months.
4) Watch Out for Bladder Infections
On hot days, it is essential to keep cool. However, do not overdo it. A floor that is too cold or a bath that is too cold can cause cystitis in dogs. Typical symptoms are frequent urination, polyuria, and painful urination (stridor).
Therefore, be sure to give them a chance to dry themselves off with a towel. You may also want to check the temperature of the cooling mat and cover him with a towel if necessary.
Many breeds have very long coats. We humans immediately suspect that it might be hot down there. But does the haircut really help?
The thick hair of dogs has the function of cooling and warming. The moisture in the hair evaporates, producing cooling vapors. Therefore, not all dogs automatically have to shorten their hair in the summer. This varies from breed to breed.
If you are unsure, you can always consult your veterinarian or groomer.
6) Delicious Ice Cream
When the weather is hot, everyone wants to eat ice cream. This applies to dogs too! Ice cream for dogs provides a delicious refreshment in no time. Only a few ingredients are needed. Freeze it for a few hours in an ice cube tray or another container, and you have ice for your dog. Let your creativity run wild.
Here are some ice cream ideas that your dog will love.
- Most dogs also prefer natural yogurt or frozen cottage cheese.
- You can also freeze beef or chicken broth for a tasty, sugar-free variation.
- Regular ice can be used if you need to chill it quickly.
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