The hot weather can see many of us wanting to head out and enjoy the sunshine, but what about our four-legged friends? While many of us want to bring them along for the day, it could be time to learn how you know if it’s too hot to take your pet outside.
A simple trick
Thankfully, there is a simple trick to determine if it’s too hot to take your pet outside. All you need to do is place the back of your hand on the floor in the sunshine. If it’s too warm for you to keep your hand there, then the chances are it’s too hot to take your pet outside. As well as the risk of heatstroke, the warmer ground can also lead to burned paws or other areas of their body.
At more risk
Just like us, some of our dogs are more at risk of the heat than others. Older pets usually feel the effects more than others, while brachycephalic dogs, those with shorter snouts, such as Boston terriers and pugs are more likely to feel the effects of warmer weather. Plus, dark-colored dogs or those with thick coats might have to be more careful to stay safe in the sun than others.
Act in an emergency
Excessive panting, extreme thirst, and pale gums with a bright red tongue are all signs of heatstroke in dogs. Some of the best ways to help them in an emergency is to use a cool hose or bath to pour water over your dog’s head gently and the back of their neck, apply an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables to the back of their neck, and to massage their legs to help with circulation.
So what can we do instead of heading out into the heat with our pets? Keeping them indoors with some air conditioning or a fan should help to keep them cool while letting them take a dip in a swimming pool or cool wading pool can help them to cool off in the heat of the sun while still having fun with the family.
The best way to avoid any complications for the heat with your pets is to keep them protected from the rising temperature. Offering plenty of fresh water alongside ice chips can ensure they are well-hydrated throughout the day. Plus, staying indoors from around 10am to 4pm should help to avoid the hottest part of the day. To top it off, removing any extra fur in the summer can also help to keep your pets cool in the warmer climates.
While many of us love to head out and enjoy the warm weather, it seems as though our pets might always feel the same way. In fact, the heat can sometimes have a dangerous effect on our loved ones. Using a simple trick to tell if it’s too hot to take your pet outside alongside keeping them sheltered from the sun should help to keep everyone happy and safe.