Did you know that dogs have much fewer sweat glands than people do? This is why many of our canine companions may struggle when temperatures start to rise. Symptoms such as extreme panting, lethergy, drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, and diarrhoea can all be signs of heat distress.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can try in order to keep our pets comfortable and content this summer:
- Always have plenty of cool drinking water available throughout the day.
- For our canine friends, avoid walks in the afternoons or when temperatures are at a maximum (around 3:00pm). Hot concrete may cause burns to your dog's paw pads. You can test the temperature of the ground by placing the palm of your hand on it for a few seconds. If it's too hot for you, it is certainly too hot for any walks.
- Provide frozen treats! Pet treats (or Kongs) can be kept in the freezer overnight to be given the next day.
- Keep pets indoors or ensure enough shade or shelter is given.
- Create a small pool with cool water. A shell or clam pool can work great for your dog to take a dip
- Groom! Depending on breed and coat, your dog may do with a clip or brush to help combat the heat. (For double coated dogs such as the Siberian husky, shaving is not advised)
Following these few tips can ensure your pets can be safe this summer!