WATCH FOR SIGNS
Summer is one of the most incredible seasons of the year, but the rise in temperature can be harmful to your dog, as in a matter of minutes he can suffer a heat stroke that could even cause his death.
This happens because dogs do not sweat like humans, but pant, which is their way of lowering their body temperature.
It is normal for your dog, after exercising: running in the park, jumping, digging, etc., to ventilate more frequently and pant, so it is important to observe them.
Keep an eye out if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Increased Heart rate and salivation.
- Faster and more nervous panting.
- Muscle weakness, tremors, vomiting and even loss of balance.
- Bluish color of mucous membranes and gums.
Of course, heat stroke does not always offer the same symptoms in all dogs, but if you identify most of them, you should act.
Below are some simple guidelines that you can follow:
- Lower the body temperature as soon as possible, but do not do it abruptly as we could provoke a shock that would be very harmful.
- Take it to a place sheltered from the sun and ventilated, as much as possible.
- Cool them in the following way: moisten their armpits, paws, pads, nape of the neck and belly. You can also moisten their mouth, but do not force them to drink if they do not want to.
- Massage their pads and paws to help maintain blood flow.
Of course, if it is not possible to cool the dog with water and shelter it from the sun, you should go to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible.
DO NOT CUT THEIR HAIR
A very common mistake is to cut the hair of dogs when summer arrives. In many dogs the hair acts as a barrier helping to better withstand the heat and avoiding sunstroke and skin problems. What is important is to brush them well. Brushing the hair of long-haired dogs is very important in summer, because if we do not remove the hair that falls out, it can accumulate and prevent it from expelling the heat well.
TAKE CARE OF THEIR DIET
It is common for the dog’s diet to change in the summer. With the high temperatures the dog ends up playing and running less, and spends less energy. So it is normal that they end up eating less, you can change the routine, offering the ration at cooler times of the day or include wet food in the diet.
BE CAREFUL DURING PEAK HOURS
Avoid intense physical exercise during periods of high temperature. If you go for a long walk, try to do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Look for shady places sheltered from the sun to carry out playful activities with dogs. Also keep in mind that the ground can cause minor burns on dogs’ paws.
ALWAYS CARRY WATER
It is essential that you always bring enough water with you to hydrate your dog frequently.
If you are going for a long walk, schedule breaks in the shade where you can give your dog a drink and recover its breathing rate.
Keep in mind that the floor can cause burns on the paws.