In contrast to humans, our furry companions cannot help control their body temperature during hot weather.
According to vets-now.com, cases of heat stroke in dogs increase throughout the summer, so it is crucial to monitor your pet's health at all times.
Some indications that a dog is overheated include rapid panting, excessive salivation, and labored breathing. When a dog becomes dehydrated, his saliva will thicken.
First, hydrate your dog in the heat. According to pupford.com, water makes up 60% of your dog's body, thus they must drink enough.
Depending on your dog's weight, the recommended daily fluid intake ranges from 1/8 cup to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight.
Avoiding the midday sun is another approach to keep your dog cool. Keep your dog indoors during the hottest part of the day, about 3 p.m., when it is usually the hottest.
Also, never leave your dog in a car. Even with the window cracked, cars left in direct sunshine can attain high temperatures.
Air circulation is also crucial. The AKC and Blue Cross recommend using air conditioners and fans on hot days.
Another way to beat the heat is to wet your dog. Wetting your dog's coat can successfully chill them down, regardless of whether or not it is ready to jump into the water.