How can we keep our pets cool during a heatwave, especially in countries with diverse types of heat? So here are some ways for keeping your dogs cool during heat waves.
- Never go for a stroll while it’s hot outside. The ideal times to walk dogs are when it is cooler, which is first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
- Keep in mind the “5 Second Rule”: if you can’t hold your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds because it’s too hot, your dog’s feet might get severely burned.
- Never leave a dog in a car or a trailer on a hot day, even with the windows cracked; this might be lethal..
- To keep kids occupied and cool, provide paddling pools.
- In addition to keeping them engaged, frozen goodies like Kongs or lick mats that have been filled with food and then frozen can also help them cool off.
- Offer them games that don’t need them to rush around, like looking for hidden treats.
- In the heat of the day, it can be even better for them to stay indoors in a cool room. Make sure they always have access to shaded spots to lie down and cool down.
- For dogs to physically chill, ice pods and cold matting are fantastic. Even cats enjoy sitting on them!
- Give your dog plenty of water from a variety of sources.
- Because older, flat-faced, and ill dogs are more susceptible to heatstroke, extreme caution should be used when overexerting them in hot weather.
- Heatstroke is an emergency that can be fatal, so if your dog exhibits any symptoms (rapid panting, bright red or very pale tongue, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, seizures, or collapse), move them to a cool, shaded area, apply cool wet towels (change them as they get warm), and take them to the vet right away.
Never forget that our dogs is important, and as their owners we should treat them with the respect they deserve. Despite being animals, they have emotions, therefore let’s take good care of them.