None of us enjoy feeling hot and uncomfortable. However, we can simply turn on the air conditioning or move to a cooler environment. Dogs also suffer from the heat and unfortunately, they are not often able to express how hot they have become until they start exhibiting severe symptoms. These include hyperventilation (excessive panting) dry gums and increased salivation (1). If left untreated, your dog may become seriously ill. What steps can you take to ensure that your pooch remains cool and collected when the temperatures outside begin to rise?
All About Hydration
Similar to their human counterparts, dogs need to remain fully hydrated. So, make it a point to have a bowl of water within close proximity. This is even more important if your pet is exceedingly active, as it can quickly become dehydrated. In the same respect, never leave your dog in a parked car unattended.
Provide “Creature Comforts”
Dogs will normally take full advantage of an opportunity to cool themselves down. This is why experts recommend several additional strategies throughout the summer including (2):
- Encourage them to seek out shaded areas.
- Place a few damp towels nearby (your dog will lay down upon these).
- Turn on the garden sprinklers.
- Purchase a small wading pool.
It is also important to note that the behaviour of your dog may cause it to become excessively hot. If you feel that this may be a problem, please take a moment to speak with a representative at London K9 Training. We offer residential and non-residential training options depending upon your unique requirements. The summer heat needs to be taken very seriously and thankfully, our team is always happy to help.