Your dog also needs to cool off during the summer! Whether it’s during a heatwave this summer or to keep your pet cool on a hotter day, it is imperative to cool your dog from time to time.
Curiosity Insight offers you today some good ideas about how to keep your dog cool in a heatwave and tips to refresh a dog this summer.
1. A little cold water is always refreshing
As with humans, there is nothing faster to cool off than a little cold water on the body and face. Water is one of the best things to keep dogs fresh in the summer. For a dog, prefer the belly and thighs where there is less hair, it is much more refreshing and effective in hot weather.
2. When to take your dog out in the summer?
Your dog needs to be active every day, even when it is very hot in summer. But you can choose times of the day when it is a little cooler, such as very early in the morning and late in the evening. Now is the perfect time to exercise your dog in the summer.
3. Drink lots of water
If it is scorching outside, it is crucial to give your dog plenty of cold water to refresh him quickly and especially to hydrate him as he should. Your pet is not that different from you in a heatwave, you know!
4. No air conditioner? The fan can help!
If you don’t have an air conditioner to cool you and your dog, then you can use a simple fan. The simple fact of blowing a little wind in a room will allow you to cool off on hot summer days and evenings.
5. Never leave your dog in a car!
We still see this too often, dogs locked in a car in the full sun during the summer with a window barely open… It’s so sad to see this type of thing still today!
6. Water games for dogs
In summer, when it’s very hot, we like water games, so why not have fun with your dog too? Whether it is with a watering can or other water games, trust us, your dog will love getting wet, especially when there is a heatwave outside.
7. Give your dog ice cubes
Did you know that it is possible to give your dog ice cubes to cool him down on hot summer days? On the other hand, it is preferable to provide ice cubes in tiny pieces or even in the form of slush so as not to damage the dog’s teeth.
8. Cut the dog’s hair shorter
Of course, you can also keep your pet’s coat shorter during the summer. You can seek the advice of a professional who can suggest the correct length depending on the breed and age of your dog.
9. Watch out for air conditioning
It is essential not to go overboard with air conditioning in a home or car while traveling. 24 or 25 degrees is an ideal temperature for a dog, below that your dog may be uncomfortable.
10. Watch out for heatstroke
Your dog can also have heatstroke, so pay close attention to his general condition during a heatwave, for example.
Here are some symptoms of heatstroke in a dog:
- muscle tremors
- difficult and rapid breathing
- a warmer body temperature than usual
So just like you, it is very important to cool your dog on hot summer days.