The first day of summer is Jun 21st. But it’s never too early to start thinking of ways to keep your pet safe as temperatures start to heat up.
Avoid Shaving Your Pet
As humans, we tend to instinctively want to shed a few extra layers of clothing in order to keep cool. It’s also common for dog owners to want to shave their pets down when it gets too hot.
But, in the summer and winter, dogs regulate their temperature by shedding their coats naturally. Their coat also helps them stay cool. And according to experts, shaving actually exposes your pet’s skin to the sun – leaving him without that added layer of protection.
Instead of shaving, try brushing your dog’s coat to help aid in the process. Applying sunscreen is another good way to help your pet avoid sunburn and skin disorders from overexposure.
Walking Your Dog
As it gets hotter, you may need to adjust your dog’s walk schedule to early mornings or late evenings when it’s cooler outside.
When you do walk your pet, make sure he doesn’t get dehydrated or overheated. Dehydration in dogs can look like dry eyes, a sunken mouth or poor skin elasticity. Signs of overheating include fast, noisy breathing, collapsing, convulsing, vomiting or diarrhea.
Dehydration and overheating can be prevented by giving your pet water every hour, offering plenty of shade and providing ample opportunities for rest.
If you need to walk your dog during the day, try to limit the time you spend exercising him. Dogs with short noses or white ears are more susceptible to sunburn and other conditions.
Keeping Your Pet Cool Inside
Many pet parents may not realize that even inside, their furry companions can suffer from overheating, as indoor temperatures can reach 100 degrees or more.
In order to keep things at a comfortable level for your pet, try soaking a cooling body wrap, vest or mat in cool water. This should help your pet sustain a normal temperature. Dogs also have their own internal mechanism for coping with heat. When they get too warm, they naturally begin to pant. Heavy breathing helps moisture evaporate from their lungs, while blood vessels in the face and ears help blood flow closer to the skin.
Never Leave Your Dog In The Car
It can never be said enough that leaving a pet unattended in the car, on any day, can be fatal. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise quickly. On an 85 degree day, within 30 minutes, it can shoot up to 120, causing organ damage and even death.
But situations like this can be avoided. Other alternatives The Barking Lot found helpful include bringing a friend along to walk your pet while you’re shopping, finding a pet friendly store or investing in professional dog boarding services.
The Barking Lot is proud to provide the Chicagoland area with doggie daycare, boarding services, grooming, and much more! Check out our website to learn more of what we at the Barking Lot do to keep you and your pups happy! Give us a call at (847) 205-3647 or visit us at 495 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, IL 60015. We look forward to serving you.