Dogs can really struggle in the heat, and as owners we don’t like to see our pets suffer. Going through a heat wave is difficult enough for humans, but imagine being covered in fur. As owners it’s our responsibility to keep our furry friends as comfortable as possible. As well as providing plenty of fresh, cool drinking water and a few water fights in the garden, there are plenty of other things you can try to keep your animal best friend from suffering. Take a look at some of these tips.
If your dog has lots of energy, you’ll know that a good walk every day does him the world of good. However, when the temperatures are high, a walk is sometimes the last thing your dog needs. If you intend on walking your dog, do it early in the morning or late at night when temperatures have dropped. It’s also important to check how hot the pavements are before setting off on your walk. Remember the 5 second rule: place your hand on the concrete and leave it there for five seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
Find the Coolest Spot
Isn’t it annoying when you can’t sleep because you’re too hot? Your dog goes through the same thing. When it comes to sleeping through the night, set up a temporary bed in the coolest part of the house. For many people, this is the garage, so you may have to take some extra safety precautions. You’ll need to figure out what’s the best garage door opener for your dog’s security and consider crating the dog if there’s any chance he could harm himself by wandering around. If your garage isn’t attached to the house, you may want to think of other options, like under the stairs or in a shaded part of the kitchen.
Set up a Fan
Even if you have air conditioning inside, setting up a fan specifically for your dog can help him to cool down easily. It can also help to place a bowl of ice in front of the fan so the air blows colder. If you leave both the fan and ice on the floor, the dog can also take some ice to chew on if he wants to. You could also freeze other treats, like carrots or chicken broth ice-lollies.
One of the most important things you can do for your dog is recognise tell-tale signs of dehydration. Your dog won’t sweat, so you’ll probably notice him panting a lot to cool down. That’s normal, but if you notice any drooling along with it, you’ll need to monitor your dog closely. Dogs are also capable of burning their skin in the sun, so if you notice his skin turning pink, use a dog-friendly sunscreen on him.
Cooling Mats and Jackets
If you’re finding it difficult to keep your dog cool, you could invest in a cooling mat and jacket. Use the jacket throughout the day and place the mat in your dog’s bed at night.