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How to protect your dog from summer heat?

Hot weather is a problem for dogs. It is therefore essential to take precautions during the summer, and even more so when the temperatures are scorching. Whether on vacation or at home, a healthy dog - just like a human - can have health problems during the summer heat. As for very young puppies, sick and/or elderly dogs, they are all the more exposed to complications. How to protect your dog to limit the risks?

Put your dog in a cool place

During the summer, and even more so during a heat wave, temperatures remain very high both day and night. It is wise to set up a corner for your dog in the coolest part of the house or garage. He will find there something to rest without suffering. This does not prevent you from leaving a water bowl at your dog's disposal, to be replaced frequently by fresh water.

Make sure he always has water available

It's vital to make sure your dog has clean water at all times, because the high summer heat considerably increases the risk of dehydration. But the water in his bowl heats up at a rapid rate in these extreme conditions. Therefore, we take care to renew it as often as possible and we don't forget to monitor the level to check if our dog drinks very regularly.

Opt for morning or evening walks

You should avoid taking your dog out during the hottest hours of the day, i.e. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., or even until 5 p.m. in case of heat wave. The ideal is to get up earlier to take advantage of the morning coolness, between 6 and 9 am or to schedule evening outings from 7 or 8 pm.

It is also important to take water for yourself and your dog when you go for a walk and to take a break from time to time to quench your thirst. This allows you to spare your physical efforts and to take advantage of a well ventilated and shaded area. Don't hesitate to mist your dog's fur regularly. If it is possible to allow him to swim in a safe waterway, it is a plus.

Avoiding heat stroke

Hyperthermia or heatstroke is to be feared when temperatures are very high, especially in the car, and even if the windows are open or the vehicle is parked in the shade. It is of course absurd to leave your pet in the car, even if it is just for the time it takes to go shopping for example! He risks a rapid rise in his body temperature, which can easily reach 43°C, well above the norm, which is between 38 and 39°C. His body is exposed to a severe alteration.

The risk of heat stroke is also important on the beach. Many people think that by tying their dog up under the parasol, he will be protected. This is not true! On the one hand, more than 50% of the UV rays pass through this pseudo barrier and the dog is therefore subjected to indirect radiation. On the other hand, the sand favors the reverberation of the radiation, and when the sun is at its zenith, the risks of heat stroke are even greater.

In case of hyperthermia, it is necessary to intervene as soon as possible because the consequences can be fatal. To cool the dog, you can wet its paws and pads, or even cover it with a large wet bath sheet. But in the most serious cases, it is essential to consult a veterinarian urgently, especially if the animal seems totally exhausted, if its mucous membranes and gums take on an unusual purplish color and/or if it drools foam.

Anyone who sees a dog locked in a car during hot weather should call the police, who are authorized to open the vehicle in the absence of its owner when the animal's life is clearly in danger.

Modify the dog's diet

When the weather is really hot, dog owners are advised to give their pets a food that is sufficiently nourishing but light. The food should be low in fat but high in water content to limit the risk of dehydration. His food can be moistened with a little vegetable broth for example. At the same time, it is better to eliminate kibbles in favor of food, or at least to give him only a little each day if he cannot do without it.

Finally, it is possible to connect a fan in the room where your dog lives during the hot summer days. But be careful: the fan should not be within the dog's reach. You should also not direct the airflow towards the dog's head, as this can lead to dry eyes.