With summer in full swing and temperatures rising it’s important you do all you can to help your dog avoid heatstroke – as it can potentially be deadly (even if it’s dealt with early).
We thought it’d be a good idea to share 4 things you can do in the warmer months to ensure your furry friend stays cool as a cucumber throughout the season.
Note: If at any point you do think your dog has overheated you should contact us immediately for emergency treatment to reduce their temperature in a safe and controlled manner.
Don’t Leave Them In The Car
We hope that this isn’t going to be news to anyone in this day and age – but it needs to be said…
Leaving your dog in the car is unacceptable in any circumstances during warm weather.
All of the well known “tricks” like cracking the window open or parking in the shade are ineffective. Temperatures are going to rise in a parked car on a hot day regardless of what you do to mitigate the issue – they’re essentially solar ovens.
Even putting the AC on while you’ve left your dog alone in the car is a very irresponsible thing to do. Air conditioning can (and does) fail without warning, and in less than 10 minutes potentially lethal levels of heat can appear inside your vehicle.
Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward demonstrated just how uncomfortable and dangerous the situation can be in this video that quickly went viral when he locked himself in a car on a warm day.
Change Your Walking Schedule
One of the most common times that dogs suffer from heatstroke is when they are being taken for a walk. A dog’s excitability while being walked combined with soaring temperatures is a combination that is pretty much custom made for overheating.
Consider trying to change your walking schedule and go out early in the morning or late in the evening to keep things cooler. You should avoid walking during the hottest part of the day, even if you’re going to be walking in a place with plentiful shade.
Provide Them With Shade
If you’ve got a dog that’s going to be left outside on their own on hot days you should ensure you’ve provided them with a shaded area in which they can seek refuge from the sun.
Remember that as the sun moves across the sky the direction and amount of shade will change throughout the day. There may be shade when you leave for work and when you get back home, but when the sun is directly overhead at midday – shade becomes limited.
Note: It’s not a good idea to rely on shade from a dog house on warm days. If your dog’s house is even partially enclosed the temperatures inside can sometimes be hotter than the ambient temperature outside.
Keep Them Hydrated
The final tip of this post is perhaps a little obvious, but it’s super important to keep your dog hydrated. Keep a very close eye on their water bowl, if you’re leaving them alone at home all day and you come back to an empty bowl – start putting a second bowl out for them too.
Many dogs like it when you add ice cubes to their water, but others find it to be a little bit too much. Try it out when you get home and see how they react.
Hopefully, they’ll enjoy it, which will mean that from now on you can provide them with a refreshing ice cold drink on warm summers days…
And trust us, that’s as enjoyable for your dog as it is for us humans.