Keeping cool in a heatwave can be hard - especially for those that live in countries where air con in the home either isn't possible or just, isn't really a thing. So here are some handy hints of how to avoid the heat for you and your pooch.
Firstly.. PROTECT THOSE PAWS
The temperature of the pavements outside on sunny days can rocket quickly. Hold the back of your hand on the pavement for 5-7 seconds... it its too hot for you, it's too hot for them!
LOOK OUT FOR HEATSTROKE
Heatstroke is real and it is serious. It happens when a dog is unable to regulate or lower their internal body temperature quickly and sufficiently. Dog's can and have been known to get heatstroke in temperatures as low as 21 degrees celsius so it really does need to be talked about. Therefore we advise the obvious, avoid day time walks (some alternative ideas can be found below!) and if you see any of these signs, you need to act.
SYMPTOMS OF HEATSTROKE
- Excessive Thirst
- Glazed expression
- Being sick
TREATMENT FOR HEATSTROKE
(We suggest that if you suspect heatstroke, the first thing to do is call your vet and then administer first aid.)
- Keep them calm and take them to a shady area
- Give them a drink of cold water
- Make sure they have plenty of air flowing around them so open doors, and use fans.
- Put them on top of a wet towel - do not put the towel on top as it can stop the heat escaping.
- Using cool water, wet your dogs fur, ears and paws, but avoid their head.
It sounds silly, but it is really important to make sure that your dog is drinking enough in the hot weather.
- Keep Water available at all times, in multiple bowls around the house and garden if possible.
- Add ice to keep it cool
- Hard shell sand pits make great doggy paddling pools
- Soak a bandana in cold water to help keep them cool for longer
ALTERNATIVES TO WALKIES
We mentioned it earlier, but walking your dog in any excessive heat is just really a bad idea. Not only do you run the risk of heatstroke and burning their paws, it's just really not necessary. There are plenty of games you can play at home with your dog to keep them busy out of the sun.
- Brain games with frozen treat stuffer toys can help stimulate your pup and keep them cool. We have some recipes that can be found here!
- Hide and seek with treats hidden in shady places; or inside works too.
- Make a pass the parcel toy with all those odd socks layering treats between each one.
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