Hot Weather Dogs: Tips For Keeping Your Best Friend Cool In Summer
February 16, 2018
Summer time in New Zealand means lots of fun outdoor activities with your pooch but when the temperature soars, Jim’s Dog Wash has a few tips to keep your dog cool.
Some dogs do struggle with the heat more than others, long-haired dogs or breeds with undercoats like Huskys, Border Collies and Chow Chows will feel the heat more than short-haired dogs. Pugs, Bull Dogs and Boston Terriers have flat-shaped faces and can’t pant as well as other breeds to regulate their body temperature and can overheat very quickly
Keep Your Dog Cool And Hydrated
- Plenty of fresh drinking water is a must. You can even add ice cubes into their water to keep your pooch cool.
- A small wading pool can be fun if your pooch likes the water
- Make cool treats, help your pooch keep cool from the inside. You can freeze chicken stock, chicken pieces or carrot pieces in an ice cube tray and give them to your dog for an extra special summer time treat.
Regular Doggie Baths
- Bathing your dog every 2 weeks helps to keep your pooch clean if they have been swimming in lakes or the beach, this will also give you or your groomer an opportunity to check for ticks
- Regular grooming will help with shedding and help to remove the heavy undercoat to keep your dog cooler
Staying Out Of The Sun
- Shade for your dog over the warmer months is very important. Have your dog inside or provide a proper outdoor shelter for them.
- Be aware of how high temperatures rise in cars. Never leave your dog alone inside of a car during summer.
- Just like we need sunscreen to protect us from the sun so does your dog, especially if your dog has lighter coloured skin or less hair. Be aware that zinc is toxic to dogs so make sure the sunscreen is natural and zinc free
- It is best to take your dog for walks either in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is not too hot. Remember, if it’s too hot for you it will be too hot for your pooch as well.
- Dogs don’t wear shoes, be aware of this when walking on hot cement or pathways.
- Be careful not to over exercise your pooch. Constant panting and drooling are both signs that your dog has had more than enough exercise.