There are warning everywhere…next week is going to be VERY hot. So how are you going to keep your pet safe in the heat?
As well as the ambient temperature the humidity levels are also important. I will be up early walking my dogs but even then, I will be limiting their exercise as they are oldies and a bit chunky too! Remember that animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly!
So as well as limiting exercise, remember to take water with you, even on short walks. Make sure that your walk is shady and don’t forget how warm pavements and tar can get. Let your dog walk on the grass, it will be much cooler.
Keep them cool form the inside out…pop some doggy lollies/ ice cream in the freezer now or try the licki mats which my dogs love.
So what products can help keep your dog cool? There are cooling body wraps, vests or mats. You soak these products in cool water, and they’ll stay cool (but usually dry) for sometime. If your dog doesn’t find baths stressful, see if they enjoy a cooling soak or even a hose down in the garden.
How do you know if your dog is too hot? Take their temperature! Dogs’ temperatures should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees. If it does move your dog to the shade and watch out for signs of heat stroke.
Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness. If your dog is showing any of these…..Apply cold towels to their head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes and get then to a vet asap!