Water and Shade
In soaring temperatures dehydration is a real concern for dogs and other pets. Generally, dogs get much thirstier than humans in the heat. So, you need to make sure your dog has access to a ready amount of water to ensure they don’t get dehydrated. Dry gums and excessive drooling are tell-tale signs that your dog is thirsty. Keep your pet’s fresh clean water inside the house to prevent it from getting too hot in the sun. Also, consider that while dogs may enjoy sunbathing, direct sunlight can lead to het stroke. So, be sure to provide them with a shaded area where they can safely enjoy the weather. Another top tip when it comes to keeping your dog cool this summer is to switch to wet pet food. This will help increase fluid intake.
More Tell-Tale Signs of Overheating
Dogs get dehydrated much quicker than humans. So, it is imperative you account for this when considering you dog’s wellbeing this summer. Your dog’s normal temperature should be between 100- and 103-degrees Fahrenheit. Anything more than that is extremely dangerous. Watch out for the following signs of overheating. Since dogs pant to cool themselves down, heavy panting is one of the biggest giveaways of overheating. Furthermore, dry gums are another obvious sign. If they are dry and bright red, this is serious. Also, thick drool can be a precursor to dry gums and would warrant immediate action. Vomiting and diarrhoea are symptoms of acute overheating. Finally, wobbly legs suggest your dog is dehydrated and on the verge of falling quite unwell.
Dogs in Cars
Never leave your dog alone in your car. Not only is this extremely dangerous, but it also against the law. In closed cars, dogs can overheat very quickly and die in a matter of minutes. Leaving your dog in a car, even while you pop into a shop very briefly, could have fatal repercussions for your beloved pet and serious legal ramifications for yourself.