Tips For Avoiding Dog Heatstroke This Summer
Aug 29, 2016 // By:admin // No Comment
With summer just around the corner, it is a good time to prepare for the care of your dog now, especially if you live in a very hot and humid climate. Of course, almost everybody loves the summer sunshine, including dogs, but it is crucial that they are kept safe from the potentially fatal effects of heatstroke.
Of course, many of the following tips are grounded in commonsense. However, if you have never owned a dog before or have recently moved to a warmer climate, then these may prove helpful and, in some cases, life saving pieces of information.
1. The first and most important thing to remember, even if you do not live in an extremely warm environment, is to never leave your dog alone in a car. The heat in a car can rise incredibly quickly and the effects on a dog can be fatal within minutes. Therefore, it is always safest to never leave your dog alone. Leaving a window open is not always enough and air conditioning can be accidentally switched off or simply stop working.
2. It is crucial for your dog to have a shaded area in the yard or garden where he, or she, can cool off. If there is no natural shade provided, you may like to create some with gardening or building skills. In the meantime, if there is no shade in the yard, then it is a good idea to keep your dog inside during the hottest part of the day.
3. Keep a regular watch on your dog’s water supply. While at home, ensure that your dog has a plentiful and clean supply of cool water. However, it is wise to consider taking water out with you, too. Whether you’re traveling or just out for daily exercise, your dog could become very thirsty, so it is wise to carry a bottle of fresh water at all times.
4. You may like to consider purchasing a children’s small pool, as this will offer your dog a nice place to cool off in the yard. If you have a kiddies’ pool ensure that the water is kept clean and cool. Ideally, it should be placed in a shaded area, so the water does not get heated by the sun.
5. Remember, dogs can become sunburned, especially breeds with light colored coats. So, it is wise to keep these breeds out of direct sunlight. Additionally, even if there is shade in your yard, you may want to keep a light colored dog indoors during the sunniest hours of the day 12pm-3pm.
6. You may like to think about purchasing some of the various cooling devices that are on offer. For example, there are cooling vests, which can be filled with cool water, cooling collars or cooling beds. This items can be very effective and are found in most pet stores.
7. The key to keeping your dog healthy during the scorching summer months is to keep a close eye on him, or her. Be mindful of any changes in his, or her, behavior that could indicate adverse effects of the heat. Make sure that your dog is drinking enough and try to monitor how long he, or she, is spending in the sun. If your dog seems to be suffering from heatstroke, then it is important to act quickly. Place the dog in a bath of cool water (it is important that the water is cool, but not cold) and call the vet as soon as possible.
By monitoring your dog carefully and remembering the tips listed above, you should be able to ensure that you and your dog make the very most of the summer.
Samantha Markham is a professional freelance writer, based in the UK. She is currently producing articles on behalf of remmeer.com, a online supplier of unique pet products. Remmeer.com has a range of items for dogs and their owners, inlcuding dog food bowls & scoops and raised dog food diners.