Keep Your Dogs Safe This Summer
With temperatures reaching up to 26 degrees in some parts of Ireland this week, it is important to remember to keep your dogs cool.
Don’t exercise your dog at midday.
It’s best to exercise your dog in the mornings or evenings as these are the cooler times of the day. Although it is important that your dog gets plenty of exercise, it may be wise to cut back on the exercise intensity at this time of year.
Provide your dog with shade.
Make sure you dog has a shady place to get out of the sun. Pet Cosy’s dog houses can be used to keep your pet cool in the summer and protect them from the sun.
Watch for signs of dehydration.
Dogs are unable to sweat. Dogs cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. The dog will become lethargic and may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin, it may be slower than usual for the skin to rest back into place.
Keep your dog hydrated!
Each dog reacts differently to the heat. Remember that darker coats take in more heat than lighter coats. Overweight dogs also have a higher risk of dehydration. Make sure to bring a bottle of water when going on a walk with your dog.
Never leave your dog in a parked car.
A car holds more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running.
Keep an eye out for heat stroke
Signs of heatstroke can include rapid heartbeat, breathing difficulty, glazed eyes, dizziness, seizures and unconsciousness. Dogs are at an increased risk of suffering from heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, or have respiratory of heart disease.
If you think that your dog might be suffering from heat stroke take immediate measures to cool your dog down: move into the shade and apply ice packs or cold towels to your dog’s head, neck and chest and provide small amounts of cool water. Take him or her to a vet immediately.
Enjoy the summer!