I recently wrote an article about the detrimental effects heat can have on humans and the telltale signs that we are on the verge of suffering from heat-related illness.
I think it’s important to remind people that our pets are also at risk of overheating. But there is a serious difference. Generally speaking, we have the ability to seek out cooler conditions and fluids by recognizing that we are overheating.
Many pets, on the other hand, are unaware of this luxury. They are sometimes contained in an area where they cannot seek shelter from the intense sun. And in the worst case, they end up without any source of water. And in turn, the result is often grim, to say the least.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure most owners wouldn’t do harm to their dog on purpose. Instead, it’s the result of ignorance that our pets, too, are far from immune to the damaging effects of excessive heat.
Of course, some pets are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Keep in mind that geriatrics, obesity, and pre-existing health conditions increase the chances of falling prey to summer conditions.
However, it is equally important to understand that certain breeds are predisposed to heat-related illnesses due to their physical characteristics. Some breeds naturally have respiratory problems, even under the best conditions. Others, on the other hand, are extremely tall while others sport extremely thick coats.
But even the healthiest dogs are in danger, regardless of their breed, stature and characteristics. With that in mind, I’m going to share some tips that might increase their chances of staying unscathed through the brunt of the summer.
Let’s first discuss those who are most prone to heat-related illnesses. Those with dogs that fit into the aforementioned list of reasons they might be most susceptible to heat-related illnesses should consider providing them with an environment where they are never exposed to intense heat for more than ten minutes. In fact, I would strongly suggest allowing them to stay in the house or in some type of controlled environment. In fact, I would suggest only leaving them outside long enough to relieve themselves and bringing them inside, especially during the day when the heat is most intense.
Not only do they need access to fresh water when indoors, but they also need access to a water source when outdoors.
Alright, now let’s talk about those healthy dogs that aren’t breeds prone to heat-related issues. Those who fall into this category can safely stay outdoors all day, provided steps have been taken to ensure they have sufficient shade and constant access to water. gentle.
So what to do? Well, some properties are naturally shaded by the canopy above. However, there are sometimes instances where shade must be provided. Sure, they could have a doghouse, but try to imagine how hot it gets in those structures, especially if they’re not shaded from the sun. That being said, one could consider planting an awning and leaving it outside all summer. Not only can they seek shade under the canopy, but they will also benefit from any breeze that may blow throughout the day.
There is yet another advantage to an awning. One can see his dog and, in turn, notice any heat-related issues more quickly. And you can be sure that time is running out when it comes to successfully treating heat-related illnesses.
Okay, now let’s talk about hydration. Of course, it is essential to provide a constant source of water at all times – ideally fresh, cool water protected from direct sunlight to prevent the water temperature from rising during the hottest part. hottest of the day. But we could consider going further and providing them with ways to cool off.
A small plastic pool that can be purchased at the local store will suffice. Of course, some dogs will show no interest in playing in water. But there are others who will naturally gravitate towards the pool and play there regularly.
I realize that protecting your dog from heat-related illnesses during the height of summer can be a hassle. But I’m also very aware of the consequences of not providing for your pet during the heavy summer.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pointing fingers at anyone. I understand that there are cases where dogs are in the heat, despite protective measures. But the odds of finding your dog in distress during the height of summer decrease exponentially when he has the proper environment and access to a constant water source.