How do I prevent dogs from getting heat stroke?
As the sun's rays beam down, it's not just humans who need to stay cool—our furry companions need some extra care too! Heat stroke can be dangerous for dogs, but with a few simple precautions, you can keep your four-legged friend comfortable and safe during the scorching summer months.
Dogs can suffer from heat stroke in only a couple of short minutes, even if the temperature doesn’t seem that hot to us. How will you know if your pup is at risk for overheating?
All dogs are at risk in extreme temperatures. The air temperature, humidity, sun exposure (or lack of shade), amount of time spent in the heat, level of exertion, and availability of water can affect how well a dog tolerates heat. Be alert for signs of distress, like excessive panting, drooling, or a rapid heartbeat.
Try these methods to prevent your furry friend from getting heat stroke:
Avoid exposing your dog to extraordinary heat.
Dogs who are acclimated to a fairly hot environment can tolerate more than dogs who are not. When temperatures rise beyond what is average, give your dog greater relief from the heat. Leave him home! And if he is left at home, make sure he’s got methods for staying cool, like shade, lots of fresh and cool water to drink, and perhaps the cooling breeze of a fan. If you have to take him out, then try to keep him out of the sun.
Modify your dog’s exercise routine in the summer.
Plan your dog's outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day—early morning or late evening. As mid-day heat can be intense and harmful for your furry friend. Find a pond or a beach where dogs are safe and welcome, and incorporate swimming or water play into his usual game of fetch. Asphalt and concrete can become scorching, potentially burning their paw pads. Before walking, place your hand on the pavement; if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them.
Get him wet.
Get him his own pool; try Trixie Dog Pool, made from scratch-resistant plastic. Particularly stable construction of the sides (MDF). For cooling down on hot days. Easy to set up and pack away without an air pump. Non-slip bottom inside the pool. Easy to empty with a drain valve. In a dry climate, the evaporation will help lower his body temperature; in a humid environment, you’ll need to get some extra air flowing from a wet coat to help him cool down.
Provide ample water.
Make sure your dog has lots of fresh, cool water. Dogs always seem to drink more when they have options. If you’re out with the dog, offer water more frequently. Stop in a shade and encourage him to relax and drink.
Use a cooling vest.
There are numerous products for keeping dogs cool on the market. Try out the Trixie Cooling Vest PVA, which is made of highly absorbent PVA. Supports thermoregulation, e.g., in sport, training, and competitions. Ideal for older dogs as well. Cools by evaporating. It is one of the best cooling vests for your furry friend.
By taking these simple steps, you can prevent heat stroke and ensure your furry companion stays safe and comfortable in the heat. Remember, a little extra care goes a long way toward keeping your dog healthy and happy during those sunny days.