Imagine going outside in the summer, doing errands in hot, scorching sun, without any shade and water. Now imagine the same scenario, only this time, you are wearing a fur coat. That’s exactly how dogs feel in the summer time. They do not emit heat through their skin like we do. Therefore dehydration can take only minutes.
They sweat through:
- Bottom of paw pads
- By panting
- And through their nose (cold nose, is a happy nose)
.:. Hint .:. – Dogs nose is always a good indicator on how they are feeling. Cold nose is a happy nose!
It doesn’t take much for them to overheat – it can take minutes. By the time you notice signs of heat stroke, the damage is done. So how do you protect you pooch? Follow these steps for a happy and hydrated, summer walk.
.:. Hint .:. – Every summer, do not forget to groom your dog. Otherwise they are walking with fur coats on, all summer long.
|Signs of Dehydration
|Signs of Heat Stroke
*(!)* What To Do *(!)*
- Bring dog indoor, into a cool shaded area
- Use cool water, not ice water or cold water, to spray bottom of the dogs stomach and bottom of the paws
- Place a bowl of cool water in front of your dog
- Use a fan on medium, to create a draft. Do not blow the fan directly at the dog.
- Offer a cold treat, recipes can be found here.
.:. Hint .:. DO NOT submerge your dog in cold water, nor pour ice water over it. This will not help, but will cause a shock to its body.
It’s another scorching, summer day. Another heat wave in Canada. I went to a park with my Poochy. I always remember 2 main items to take with me.
- Booties: Dogs can’t sweat through their skin, like we do – they sweat through the bottom of their paws, and by panting. So I always remember to put rubber booties on them. You can get these booties at any pet store. These booties protect doggy paws from hot pavement, mud and rain. Love them!
- Water: I always bring a bottle of water and a portable cup. I make it a rule to offer water to Poochy, every 15 minutes, or even sooner if I see signs of dehydration.
*** Good To Know ***
Dogs can’t sweat through their skin. They sweat though the bottom of their paws. So always remember about booties, booties and booties.
They also sweat by panting, so always bring water, water and water. Dogs that are overheating will start excessively drooling. Look out for signs of dehydration.
Now keep in mind that we went for a quick 10 minute walk. Usually, if I know it’s going to be a hot and humid day, I like to take Poochy for walks early in the morning and late in the evening. If the pavement is too hot for you, than it’s too hot for them. A quick way to check if the pavement, is to do a palm heat test:
- Put your hand on pavement that you are planning to walk on with your pooch.
- If you can’t hold your hand still for 3 seconds, then it’s too hot.
- If it’s too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your pooch’s paw.
*** Good To Know ***
– darker coats absorb more heat, than lighter coats
– overweight dogs are at a higher risk for dehydration
– different breeds deal with heat differently