Dog Days Of Summer: How To Keep Your Puppy Cool And Calm
All dogs can be healthy and active in the heat, as long as they get plenty of access to water and shade.
Some dog breeds can tolerate hotter temperatures, of course all our fur-babies could always appreciate a little extra love and consideration in the summertime.
Let’s start with a few tips for your puppy.
Here are a few keeping cool tips to get through the summer:
As it gets hotter, here are some ways to keep cool:
- Have an ice pack or wet towel for them to lay on.
- Put a few ice cubes to the water dish.
- Get to a wading pool with cool water.
- Make a cool shade for them by putting up a tarp or cloth for shade..
- Carry a collapsible water dish on all your walks.
- Substitute some of their regular dry food with canned food.
- Try to not walk on hot concrete also, you want to get booties to protect their paws.
- Going on early morning or evening playtimes, exercise, and walks is better then going during the hot day.
The best hot weather dogs:
Dogs in general that have with thin, short coats—think: beagles, Chihuahuas, and Dalmatians—do best in the heat.
Dogs with short or snub-nosed and thick coats are less comfortable as the temperature rises. They have a harder time regulating their temperature because of their shorter nasal passages. You will find that Bulldogs, pugs, and Boston terriers have a hard time of it in the heat.
Dog breeds that originally came from hotter climates were breed to face the heat: Basenjis and pharaoh hounds, are a few. Racing hounds are gifted when it comes to beating the heat. They have long noses that cool the air, and their big lungs and hearts helps move the flow of oxygen through their bodies. Salukis, greyhounds, and whippets are all part of the racing group.
Climate-sensitive breeds and conditions:
While most any dog can tolerate the hot summer months with appropriate hydration and environment management, some dogs are just going to have a harder time.
Certain dogs may need more attention during the dog days of summer, which include bigger breed dogs as well as elderly, obese, or diabetic pets.
Be on the lookout for Heatstroke and Dehydration in dogs: watch for the signs:
- High temperature (101.5° is normal)
- Increased breathing and panting
- More than the usual saliva.
- Tired or depression
- Muscle twitching
- Off balance
- Sunken Eyes
- Dry mouth
- Depressed or not active
- Try pinching the fold of skin at the top of the neck. Does it snap back slowly?
Also, make sure to wrap your dog in cold wet towels, play the towels by the armpit, belly and groin area. You can also use a fan on the dog during the cooling process.
Make sure to check your dog’s temperature every five minutes and stop the cooling down when his temperature reaches 103°. Try not to cool too rapidly to avoid shock. Make sure he has access to cool water, but don’t force him to drink. Your vet may push IV fluids if dehydration is a concern.
Always make sure to have clean cool water on hand. Try several bowls by adding a little bit of carrot juice or chicken broth to one of the bowls to encourage drinking. You can also, put a few ice chips in their water dish.
Collapsible water bowls are great to carry with you on the go.
If you spot any of these signs, get your dog inside and contact your vet