It is not only in winter that we must take special care of our animals, in summer, as well as humans, pets also suffer from the heat, especially those with short snouts, such as bulldogs and pugs, and the fat ones, which have more heat than the skinny ones.
Unlike humans, dogs do not perspire through the skin, but through the cushion, that cushion of the paw, the snout and the mouth, that’s why the dog sticks out its tongue. When the snout is short, there is not enough extension to make the heat exchange.
Some care is necessary for your pet’s well-being. We have prepared a list with 8 tips on how to take care of your pet in the summer:
1. Never leave your pet in the car
It is very common to go for a walk with the dog, especially in the summer, but if you need to get out of the car for a moment, never leave your dog locked inside the vehicle. In the summer, temperatures rise so much that in a few minutes your pet may experience heat stroke, in the case of breeds such as the bulldog and pug, who have breathing difficulties, a few minutes in these conditions can lead to death.
2. Always provide water for your dog
If you walk or run your dog, you should help him increase his water intake. During this season, due to heat and physical exertion under high temperatures, the animal is more likely to dehydrate. Always take a bottle of water with you and when you notice that he starts to stick out his tongue insistently give him some water
3. Time to stroll
You should always protect your dog from the sun, it is best to go out with him in the early hours of the morning and in the late afternoon, when the sun is weaker, as before 10 am or after 4 pm. You should have a parasol or shaded space to protect yourself and not to walk too much.
4. Check the temperature of the asphalt before walking your pet
This will prevent you from burning your dog’s paws on the asphalt, which can cause serious burns on the dog’s foot pads.
5. Caring for parasites
Mycoses, lice, scabies and skin parasites are more common in the summer. To prevent the animal from contracting any of these diseases, it is recommended to avoid taking the dog to places frequented by other animals, to apply anti-flea medicines and to see a veterinarian if you notice signs such as vomiting or diarrhea.
6. Place where they sleep
When dogs and cats realize that the place where they sleep is too hot, they themselves seek cooler places, like the marble in the kitchen. Sometimes, however, their circulation area is restricted to a part of the house, so that they have no choice. It is the role of the owners to check if the environment in which their pets sleep receives a lot of light during the day, which increases the temperature even at night and if it is ventilated. If necessary, the owner must change the location of the bed.
7. Use of sunscreen
That’s right, animals also need to protect themselves against skin cancer. The recommendation applies mainly to light-skinned dogs and cats (the color of the pet’s belly indicates whether it falls into this category), who suffer more from the incidence of sunlight. The filter should be applied to hairless regions, such as snout and ears, on average every two hours, or less, in case of contact with water. The product made especially for animals does not present risks of poisoning if it is licked by the animals. Never apply human sunscreen without consulting a veterinarian about the best option for your pet, this can be very dangerous.
8. Caring for heat stroke
If you notice that your dog looks exhausted, listless, constantly pulling his tongue out, if he is dizzy, vomits or falls to the ground, it is important to help him immediately by lowering his body temperature, as he is possibly suffering from a insolation. Take the dog to the shade and apply plenty of fresh water to its head, neck and torso. Let him drink water and don’t stop refreshing his whole body. Once the situation is a little more controlled, take the animal to a veterinarian for a complete examination.
With these tips your dog will certainly be much more satisfied, happy and especially with a great quality of life!