Keeping your dog Cool
You may think your dog looks happily relaxed sunbathing in the summer sun, but in-fact prolonged sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion, but can also cause sunburn if your dog is not suitably protected.
Remember that dogs cannot cool themselves by sweating like humans. Dogs keep themselves cool by sweating a small amount through their pads, but the main way your dog will keep cool is by panting. Unfortunately panting is not enough when it comes to extreme hot and humid days. Because a dog depends on rapid breathing to exchange warm air for cool air, when air temperature is close to body temperature, cooling by rapid breathing is not an efficient process.
Heatstroke in dogs
It can happen very quickly and if you see the signs you will need to react quickly. NEVER throw your dog into a cold pool or pour cold water over them as this can send them into shock.
Heatstroke measures - Lay them on a cool floor out of the sun, like a tiled floor or cooling mat, if outside get into a shady cool area. You can apply a little water to the back of their neck to help bring their temperature down. You can use a cooling coat or dampened towel, just place this over your dog, once again to help bring their temperature down. Give your dog some water to drink but not to much in one go (your dog may find it hard to have a drink when suffering from heat exhaustion), if this happens place a little water around their mouth so they can lick at the water. Make sure they stay on the cooler floor for a good 20 minutes, if they get up and still wobble around lay them down again.
What to do in hot weather
It is up to you to make sure your dog stays cool and comfortable. Dogs are quite sensible, but sometimes they are prevented from doing what they would do naturally in the wild.
Here are some ways to help your dog cool off in the heat of the summer.
It is essential that you keep fresh, cool water available for your dog at all times, you will be amazed at how much they drink during hot and humid days. At home don't just have one bowl, but have several around the home and one in the garden. When traveling in the car or out walking, portable water bottles/ bowls make it easy for responsible pet owners to take water with them wherever they go. If your dog travels in a crate use a fan fitted to the crate to help circulate the air around your pet.
Cooling coats can be used in the car, at home or out on walks - these can help your dog beat the heat. Just soak it in cold water, wring it out, and fasten around your dog. Evaporative cooling exchanges the dog's heat with the coolness of the stored water in the coat to keep him comfortable. Auto-lock buckles or Velcro on each side of the jacket provide easy fitting. VIEW COOLING COATS
These use a special gel, that when activated by your dogs weight it reduces the dogs body temperature. When you place your hand on the cooling mat you yourself will feel the mat getting cooler. Ideal for at home, in the car or caravan. Not to be used in direct sunlight. VIEW COOLING MATS
Dogs in Cars
NEVER leave your dog unattended in a car on a hot, sunny or humid day. It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when the weather is not that warm. Leaving a window open or a sun-shield on your windscreen won’t keep your car cool enough. In only a few minutes, the temperature in a closed car can rise high enough to kill your dog or cause permanent damage, even with the windows partially open. Try sitting in a closed car with the window just open. If you're uncomfortable, your dog will be more so, because they cannot cool in the same way we can. When the outside temperature is 78°F, a closed car will reach 90°F in 5 minutes, and 110°F in 25 minutes. Dogs die in hot cars. Heatstroke can be fatal. So do everything you can to prevent it.
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