With all the heat waves hitting the world this summer, a lot of pet parents are wondering how to keep their dog cool and safe when it is too hot outside. We decided to put together a list of helpful summer tips, so you can enjoy the sun and the warmth with your best friend.
Keep Them Cool
There are many ways to refresh and cool down your pup on a hot day, here are some of them:
- Put down cold wet towels for them to lie on
- Make sure your pup stays in the shade while playing outside, away from direct sunlight
- If you can, put the garden sprinkler on
- Constantly refill their water bowl with fresh water
No Pets Should Be Left in the Hot Car
Even though many people know it, they somehow still manage to leave their pets in a hot, unventilated car. Leaving a dog in the hot car can be fatal, even if the car is parked in the shade and the windows are open.
Plan Your Walks
It is always a good idea to plan your walk so you can avoid the hottest time in a day and make it more enjoyable for your pet. For example, take your dog out for a walk in the early morning when it’s still fresh outside, or later at night when the sun goes down. Remember hot pavement may be harmful to your dog’s paws and can cause skin burns and pain. The asphalt temperature might reach up to 145 degrees which is extremely hot for unprotected paws.
Tip: You can test the surface temp with your palm for 7 seconds. If it feels hot for you it is too hot for your dog’s paws. Pick the grassy and cooler surfaces instead.
Remember Summer Grooming
Summer can be a perfect time to give your fluffy pet a haircut. It’s not only cute but might help them stay cool and fresh during the hot season.
Keep your Dog Fit and Healthy
When it’s hot outside your dog is likely to be less active. Once you change your walking time to a cooler time of the day, make sure you also have enough breaks between training and exercises. Heat exhausts the body faster. That’s why plenty of water and a change of diet can help to recharge their energy.
Be Aware of a Heat Stroke
Animals can have heat stroke when they spend too much time in the sun and heat. When your dog can’t reduce their body temp, they might develop a heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke include:
- Rapid breathing and pulse
- Glazed-over or glassy eyes
- Lack of Coordination
- Loss of consciousness
You can also read more signs of heat exhaustion in our previous article.
How to Treat Heatstroke?
If you suspect your dog having a heatstroke you need to act fast. First, take them to the shaded cool area immediately. Try to apply dumped cold towels to their belly, head, neck, chest, and paws. Let they lick ice cubes or drink a little bit of water. Never give him too much water or put your dog directly into cold water. The dog’s body can go into shock.
CBD Treatments and Heat
Sometimes you do everything right but somehow your pup manages to get sunburns. Not to worry! Pawt4Paws has some natural remedies in stock. Our CBD Pet Skin Treatment is great to treat sunburns, hot spots, dry itchy skin, bug bites and any skin discomfort. CBD is an active plant-based ingredient that easily heals sunburns and calms inflammation. In addition, it is an effective pain reliever!
Summer means a lot of fun outside with your family, friends, and pets. But when temps are so extreme you want to take necessary precautions and know how to keep your dog cool and safe when needed.