In the summer, dogs also suffer from the heat!

Here are some tips to help them withstand the high temperatures and avoid heat stroke.

While humans regulate their body temperature by sweating, dogs do not. In fact, the sweat glands of our four-legged friends are concentrated solely in the pillows, which does not allow them to cool down sufficiently. To combat the heat, they breathe, lick their coats, or lie down on cool ground. But despite their best efforts, they are not immune to having a health problem, such as the dreaded heat stroke. Fortunately, there are a few tricks to protect them.

GOOD HYDRATION

Faced with rising thermostats, it is important to keep your dog well hydrated. To do this, place several bowls near the places where he rests so that he does not do too much to hydrate himself. Make sure the water is always fresh and full. When it’s very hot, do not hesitate to add ice cubes: this will not only refresh his water, but it will also arouse his curiosity and encourage him to drink more. During your excursions, do not forget to bring an extra bottle of water for your four-legged friend.

THIRSTY EXTINGUISHING RECIPES

When the thermometer rises, does your dog eat less? Do not panic, it is completely normal. When it’s hot, our hairballs have less appetite, just like us. To encourage him to eat, feed him in the morning or evening when temperatures are at their lowest.
You can also offer him an ice cream designed specifically for him. To do this, mix a grated carrot, a few pieces of cucumber, a glass of unsweetened vegetable milk (rice, soy, oats or almonds) and 1/2 plain yogurt. Pour the mixture into an empty yogurt pan and close it with a piece of baking paper and an elastic band. Make a hole in the middle and insert a dog stick in it. Put it all in the freezer for at least two hours. You can of course adapt the recipe to your animal’s taste, for example by replacing the vegetables with small pieces of ham and vegetable milk with unsalted broth.

MEAT GOES

You would not imagine walking barefoot on hot asphalt? So why inflict this on your pet? Touch the ground with your hand: if it burns you, it will also burn your dog’s paws. To prevent him from hurting himself, prefer walks in the shade, in the grass or on the ground. Avoid walking in the hottest hours and instead go out in the morning or evening. You can also apply a moisturizing protective conditioner on his pillows or put special boots on him.

FUN ACCESSORIES

In addition to the fan and air conditioner, there are many accessories that help your dog withstand the heat better. If you have a garden, install a small dedicated pool so he can take a dip whenever he wants while having fun. You can also spray it with a stream of water or use commercially available ice toys. Also remember to lay a cooling mat on the floor, or else a wet towel. Another solution to help him hold on: the bandana or cooling vest.

Sarah Barber

BEWARE OF HEAT!
If he is exposed to the sun for a long time, spends too much time in a poorly ventilated place, does not drink enough water or makes an intense effort, your pet may fall victim to heat stroke. Here are the signs that should warn you: Change in behavior, body temperature above 40.5 ° C, loud and rapid breathing, excessive saliva, diarrhea, vomiting, tremor, dizziness, loss of consciousness or even tachycardia.
If you notice these symptoms in your dog, gradually lower his body temperature. Place him first in the shade or in a cool room, then wrap him in a damp cloth or give him a cold (but not freezing) shower. Try to give him something to drink without forcing him. So take him to your vet as soon as possible.

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