Now that temperatures are soaring above forty degrees, we’re constantly complaining about the heat – even when we’re only exposed while moving from air-conditioned car to freezing office. Unfortunately, your pup can’t complain when it gets too hot, so it’s up to you to keep them cool, comfortable and safe during the hottest time of year. Here’s how:
1. Switch walks to the evening. If you walk your dog before the sun goes down, it’s time to switch to a summer routine. Shorten walks to less than ten minutes, and only go when it gets dark to avoid burning their paws – a general rule is if you can’t comfortably place the back of your hand on the pavement for more than 5 seconds, it’s still too hot.
2. Limit time outdoors. Perhaps you have a garden and let your dog out whenever it needs to, you know, go. Limit its time outdoors to ten minutes to avoid heatstroke, and inform other members in your household to do the same. We’ve heard horror stories of pooches left outdoors for too long, and you don’t want it to happen to yours.
3. Hydrate! You can get portable water bowls like these to keep your pet hydrated, even when you’re on-the-go.
4. Take a trip to the salon. No, not you. Give your fluffy pup a summer cut to keep them feeling comfortable. Plus, this means less shedding on your black furniture, so it’s a win-win. But remember: don’t shave it off completely – they need some fuzz to protect from sunburn.
5. Watch out for signs of heatstroke. Excessive panting, dizziness, bright red gums and a temperature of over 40 degrees celsius are all indicators that you should get some help ASAP.
6. Don’t leave them in your car. Even if you’re just popping into Spinney’s for a slice of honey cake, never leave a dog in a car without AC, as temperatures can almost double in minutes.
7. Leave your AC on while you’re out of the house. Fans just don’t cut it – dogs don’t have the same cooling mechanisms as humans, therefore fans aren’t effective. Turn your AC on to a low setting (it doesn't have to be very cold) to make sure your dog doesn't overheat.
8. Buy a paddling pool. Because, well, why not let them have some fun?
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