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
- Heavy panting
- Sunken eyes
- Dry nose or mouth
- Loose skin
- Excessive drooling/salivation
|Signs of Heat Stroke
- Excessive panting
- Loss of energy
- Collapse or weakness
- Tongue color is dark red, almost purple
- Hyper salivation
*(!)* 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.