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How hot is too hot? Caring for your dog in the heat

As the mercury rises, it’s essential to consider not just our own comfort but also the well-being of our furry friends. Dogs, with their fur coats and limited ability to cool themselves, can struggle in hot weather. Understanding how to care for your dog during the summer months is crucial to ensure they remain happy and healthy. This guide will explore how to keep your dog comfortable in the heat, recognize when it’s too hot, and offer tips on cooling them down.

German Shepherd on the Omlet Bolster dog bed

How to know if it’s too hot for fido?

When the summer sun is blazing, it’s crucial to ensure your furry friend stays safe and comfortable. One of the best ways to determine if it’s too hot for fido is by feeling the pavement with your own bare feet. If the surface is too hot for you to stand on for more than a few seconds, it’s definitely too hot for your dog’s sensitive paws. 

Know the signs of overheating

Remember, dogs regulate their body temperature differently than humans and can quickly overheat, leading to dangerous health issues like heatstroke. So pay close attention to your pet’s behaviours and look out for these signs;

  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy 
  • Anxiety
  • General discomfort

These are all red flags that it’s time to get them indoors and cooled down immediately.

Another critical indicator is the ambient temperature and humidity levels. Dogs are more susceptible to heat stress when the temperature exceeds 85°F (30°C), especially if they have a thick coat or are a flat-nose breed like bulldogs or pugs. Ensuring your dog has access to shade, fresh water, and avoiding walks during peak heat hours are essential precautions. Additionally, consider their activity level—playful pups might not realize they’re overheating. By taking these steps, you can ensure Fido stays happy and healthy, ready to enjoy the summer by your side without the risk of heat-related ailments.

What to do with your dog when it’s hot

During hot weather, modifying your dog’s routine is essential to prevent overheating. Start by ensuring they have access to plenty of fresh, cool water at all times, and avoid taking them out during the peak heat of the day. Instead, opt for early morning or late evening walks when the pavement is cooler and the sun less intense. 

Consider investing in a dog cooling mat or vest, which can provide significant relief from the heat. If your dog enjoys water, a kiddie pool in the shade can be a fun and effective way to help them stay cool while getting some exercise.

Another great way to beat the heat is by creating a cool indoor haven for your furry friend. Keep the blinds drawn and the fans or air conditioning on to maintain a comfortable temperature. Engage your dog with indoor activities, such as interactive dog toys and brain games, to keep them mentally stimulated without overheating. Homemade frozen treats, like ice cubes with embedded dog-safe fruits, can be a delightful way to cool down. 

Remember, if your dog shows signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, drooling, or lethargy, it’s important to act quickly and consult a veterinarian. Keeping your dog cool during hot weather is essential for their health and happiness, and with a little creativity, you can ensure they stay safe and comfortable all summer long.

What to do if your dog is too hot

Preventative measures are crucial to avoid overheating in the first place. So when summer temps rise, avoid strenuous activity during the hottest parts of the day and provide ample shade and water. And never leave your dog in a parked car. But if your dog still shows signs of overheating, it’s critical to act quickly. 

  1. Move them to a cooler environment immediately. 
  2. Offer fresh, cool water to drink but avoid forcing them to drink if they aren’t interested. 
  3. Apply cool (not cold) water to their body, focusing on the paws, belly, and neck to help lower their temperature gradually. 
  4. Monitor your dog’s temperature and watch for signs of improvement or worsening.

Having read this guide you will be equipped to manage your pooch if they’re too hot, however, in cases where symptoms are severe, seek veterinary attention immediately. Heatstroke can escalate quickly and can be fatal if not treated promptly. While waiting for veterinary help, you can help cool your dog by wetting their coat with cool (not cold) water and using fans to increase evaporation. Avoid using ice-cold water or ice packs directly, as this can cause the blood vessels to constrict and reduce the cooling effect.

Omlet and your dog

At Omlet, we understand that every dog is unique and requires special care, especially in extreme weather conditions. That’s why we ask the right questions to tailor our products to meet the needs of all dogs, no matter the temperature. Our innovative solutions, from dog cooling mats to designer dog beds for much needed rest, are designed to ensure your dog stays comfortable and safe. With Omlet, you and your dog can enjoy each other’s company to the fullest, even during the hottest days of the year.

German Shepherd drinking out of the Omlet dog bowl

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