Summer is upon us, and while we humans are mostly excited about the heat and sun, dogs may have a little more difficulty in the warm months.
Dogs do not sweat like people do, but instead release body heat through their paws, tongue and panting. Therefore, a good drink of water and a rinse are the best ways to cool your dog.
But there are also other ways you can help your dog when it gets hot:
- Give your dog a summer haircut if you have a breed with a lot of fur.
- NEVER leave a dog in your car.
- Always bring water on car rides.
- Let the dog bathe in the sea or lakes (if they are not full of algae); It's a good way to cool down warm snouts!
- Set up a wading pool at home if you can.
- If your dog does not like bathing, but it is very warm, then saturate a towel in cool water and wrap it around the dog.
- Take the cooling elements from a cooler in your car and put them in a towel where the dog can lie down.
- If your dog doesn’t drink much, then "cheat" by giving him, for example, watermelon or stir a dollop of wet dog food into his water.
- Cold snacks are good to cool down with. Some dogs like frozen fruit or a frozen mixture of dry food blended with water and liver pate, or frozen wet food. You can also make “ice cream” for your dog. Try, for example, mashing a banana and stirring it up with yogurt.