ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dogs and Heat: 10 Refreshing Tips to Enjoy the Summer

Updated on August 27, 2020

We are back again soon: between July and August, the summer reaches its climax. From the morning the sun's rays warm the floor of the house and at noon the heat becomes unbearable for our four-legged friends. Fortunately, with a few suggestions, you can make sure your dog gets through the hottest summer days without any problems. With this article, we explain what your furry needs in hot weather and how you can freshen it up.

Summary

  1. Create a cool shelter
  2. Hot temperatures, ice cream time!
  3. NEVER leave the dog in the car
  4. Drink a lot of water
  5. Foods with high humidity content
  6. Cool the dog's temperature by wetting his coat
  7. Beware of cystitis risk
  8. Adapt the walks with your dog at different times of the day
  9. Two scissors and go?
  10. Protect yourself from pests

Create a cool shelter

Unlike humans, dogs sweat only through their legs. Since this is not enough to regulate the temperature of the whole body, our furry friends release excess heat through the breath. But when the temperature rises excessively and the heat accumulated by the animal is too high, this mechanism alone is no longer sufficient.

For this reason, our four-legged friends need additional options to protect themselves from the sun and thus avoid the risk of a heat stroke: for example, you can place an umbrella in your garden or on the balcony. Keep in mind that dogs also like to cool off under trees and bushes.

Dark floors that are exposed to the sun during the day should be protected by a light blanket or an old towel to prevent overheating. If you realize that the floor temperature is particularly high, you can also consider moistening it. Another, more effective way to offer your dog a fresh surface to lie on is to use a cooling mat, the internal content of which usually consists of gel or water so that it can be cooled in the freezer before using it... To counteract the heat in the apartment, it is also a good idea to darken the windows from the morning through curtains or shutters. At night, on the other hand, leaving doors and windows open allows the exchange between hot and fresh air.

Hot temperatures, ice cream time!

When the temperature is high, everyone likes the idea of ​​nice fresh ice cream. And this also applies to our faithful four-legged friends! Dog ice cream is a tasty way to quickly refresh our hot animals. A few ingredients are enough to make it at home and, after a few hours in the freezer, for example using the shape of an ice cube, the dog popsicle is ready. You can indulge yourself with recipes without placing limits on your creativity!

Here are some ideas for making ice creams that your paw friend will certainly find irresistible:

  • Natural yoghurt and fresh quark-like cheese are very popular with most dogs, even once they have been frozen.
  • Frozen beef or chicken broth is also suitable as a tasty low-carbohydrate variant.
  • If you are in a hurry, keep in mind that hot dogs do not disdain the common ice cubes based on simple water

NEVER leave the dog in the car

In a very short time, cars turn into dangerous heat capsules, even if the outside temperature is mild. Unfortunately, at a certain temperature, even the open windows cannot guarantee the necessary heat exchange.

In summer, therefore, the risk of the car overheating too quickly and the animal suffering the damage of a potentially lethal heatstroke is very high. Therefore, when we go shopping or refuelling, we leave our dogs at home in a shaded area, to prevent them from suffering from excessive heat.

Drink a lot of water

When the dog breathes heavily, it presses the air against its mucous membranes making the fluids evaporate: this process lowers the animal's temperature. The more the dog pants, the greater the number of fluids it loses.

So when it's hot outside, it's even more important for your furry to drink enough. To make sure your paw friend is drinking enough fresh water every day, you can use the following tricks:

  • Place several bowls of freshwater in your home or apartment.
  • Actively encourage him to drink, showing him the bowls and offering him freshwater more frequently.
  • Many dogs prefer to drink the water they find in the garden or unsalted broth instead of plain water.
  • Water flowing from a tap or splashing water encourage some dogs to drink. There are special water distributors for dogs and drinking fountains on the market.

Foods with high humidity content

The daily water requirement of each dog varies according to body weight, the level of activity carried out and the type of food. For example, dogs that feed on kibble must drink more water than those who feed on wet food.

It is possible to cover a part of the dog's daily water requirement by feeding it. If your furry likes wet food, during the summer you can supplement his croquettes or replace them completely with the wet one.

Cool the dog's temperature by wetting his coat

A very easy way for your dog to get cool from the heat is to take a nice bath. If you don't live near a lake, a stream or the sea, you can find other ways to get your dog's fur giving him a pleasant relief.

In summer, dogs are especially happy to enjoy their own swimming pool or at least a small tub in which to dip their legs. With the right game, you can encourage your furry to take a nice bath. Lawn sprinklers and classic rubber hoses that are used to wet plants in the garden are also very popular with dogs because they allow them to play and cool off.

Even if your dog loves to splash around in the water, it is good that the water games do not last too long. If the dog ingested too much water, in fact, it could risk incurring water intoxication. The first signs, to be kept under control immediately, are restlessness and vomiting. In addition, in the event that your pet spends too much time swimming in the sea, there is a serious danger of sodium poisoning. It follows that, when it comes to entertaining dogs in the water, the right size and supervision of the owners are essential for fun to be authentic and risk-free.

Beware of cystitis risk

On particularly hot days it is important that the dog has the opportunity to cool off. However, one should never go overboard. Prolonged contact with a floor that is too cold or baths in frozen water can cause our furry friends to get a urinary tract infection (cystitis). Typical symptoms of this annoying problem include frequent urination (polyuria) or painful urination (Stranguria). For this reason, it is essential to always dry your dog after having bathed. Even the useful cooling mats must always have a controlled temperature or, alternatively, they must be covered with a towel, in case you suspect they are too cold.

Two scissors and go?

Many breeds of dogs have a particularly long coat. It is almost automatic for us humans to assume that our long-haired friends are very hot. But does using the clipper give them real relief?

To tell the truth, the thick fur of our dogs does not only have a protective function against the cold: the dog's fur also performs an important function of cooling its body temperature. Through the evaporation of the water that occurs on the surface of the fur, in fact, a cooling effect is created which gives the breeds with a thick fur a pleasant cooling sensation. Therefore, in the summer it makes no sense to cut the fur of all dogs indiscriminately. Race in this sense plays a fundamental role. If you are not sure how to behave, you can always seek advice from your veterinarian or a groomer.

Protect yourself from pests

On closer inspection, our last suggestion really has nothing to do with ways to keep dogs cool in the summer. However, the theme of pests is especially important during the warmer months, because tall grass and high temperatures are the perfect conditions for ticks, mites and parrots. For this reason, it is important to protect the dog from dangerous infectious diseases and severe allergic reactions by starting the necessary parasite prevention every year in the spring.

Very common are, for example, antiparasitic collars with pyrethroids or with neonicotinoid Chloronicotinics, spot-on to be applied directly to the skin of our hairy and chewable tablets with natural components. All three types contain active agents against parasites (pesticides), which differ from each other in terms of duration and spectrum of action.

© 2020 special food

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)