Keeping Dogs Cool in the Summer – Let your Pekingese enjoy the Season Safely

 


What do you do in order to help keeping dogs cool in the summer season? Summertime is the time where everything seems bright, breezy and humid! And it is the only time of year when you are doing lots of ways in order to cool down, but what about your beloved pekingese  Our pets especially the pekingese breed are so prone to overheating. Dogs in general suffer the same issues that we have such as sunburn, dehydration and overheating. So, taking the necessary steps in order to help him cool down during the summer would ensure that he would also enjoy the hot summer sun safely.

Dogs are much less efficient in keeping their temperatures down compared to us, thus making them more susceptible to overheating. Their sweat glands are on their paw pads and nose. As you can see, they tend to drink water and pant in order to regulate their temperature  so always have a clean, cold water ready for him 24/7. And if in case your pet is more of the outdoor type, then see to it that you bring him in during the peak hours of the day and also provide a shaded area for him in the yard.

Keeping Dogs Cool in the Summer - Let your Pekingese enjoy the Season Safely

Keeping Dogs Cool in the Summer – Let your Pekingese enjoy the Season Safely

Keeping Dogs Cool in the Summer – Suggested Summer Tips

Doggie Boots. Make use of doggie boots, they are not only for the rainy season. You can get some at the local pet shop. This is a good way to protect him from the heat that rises from the ground, especially from asphalt or cement surfaces.

Early morning exercise. Yes, and I do mean very early morning or you can also do it during late evening since this are the cooler parts of the day. By doing so would make you and your dog more comfortable with walking. No vigorous exercise for your pet during this season, please!

Observe dehydration. Be mindful and know the signs of dehydration. It is a fact that canines are unable to sweat and will cool down by panting. If you see your pet drooling excessively, then he is already overheated. A dehydrated dog would also become pale, lethargic with bloodshot eyes. Plus, if you try to lift his skin, it won’t go back immediately into place.

Water. Water is life. Keep him dehydrated! So, whenever you are walking with him, always bring a bottle of water or two with you.

Be Innovative. You don’t have any AC at home? Not an issue! Find a shaded part in your yard and set up a kiddie pool. Or your can lay down a wet towel for your pet to lie on. Or better yet, turn on your fan with a block of ice in front of it. Genius, I know.

Let him dig. This is the only season where you won’t reprimand him for digging in the yard. He is just trying to cool down on his own. You can even point out a cool, shady area and encourage him to dig there.

Swim. This is the best activity to engage in during this hot season. Rather than taking him for a walk, try go and take him for a swim. Let him first discover the cool waters of the pool before you two dive in. This would be a good bonding experience for the both of you.

With sky-rocketing temperatures all over the country, it is essential that you take steps in keeping dogs cool in the summer. It is not just a human issue anymore, he needs your help in cooling down so that he can also enjoy the hot season with you.

How do you enjoy the summer heat with your pet? Other tips that I forgot to mention here? Do not hesitate to leave your insights on the space provided below.

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Summer Safety Tips for Pets – No Heat Stroke for your Pekingese

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Summer, yay! Your most favorite time of the year is here and you are so eager to bask in the sun. However, as excited as you are to go out your pet may be exposed to lots of health hazards so you must be extra careful. Summer safety tips for pets must be followed especially if you have a dog like the pekingese since they are a breed that is so prone to heat stroke.

The hot summer season is the perfect time for you and your dog to bond outside, family fun at its finest. However, along with the high temperatures, dogs are very prone to heat stroke, dehydration and being ill. It is not only essential to keep them safe from the warm climate, it is also vital that you keep him safe from all the other toxic chemicals from certain foods. We all have to follow some certain guidelines in order to keep them safe from this oh-so lovable time of the year.

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, ASPCA experts warn.

“Most people love to spend the warmer days enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some activities can be dangerous for our pets,” said Dr. Camille DeClementi, Senior Toxicologist at the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. “By following a few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun in the sun.”

Source: ASPCA, http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/hot-weather-tips.aspx

Hot Weather Tips:

  1. Don’t leave him in the car. is this really worth mentioning? This is purely commonsense but I just have to reiterate since leaving kids in the car is even common! If you have to leave him see to it that there is proper ventilation. Just remember that cars heat up rather fast even if you leave the windows open.
  2. Ample shade and water. If you have to keep your pekingese outside, please do keep them in a proper shaded area with lots of clean water around. Once again, this is common sense yet it is still worth mentioning. Make sure that he is not prone to tangling himself with his leash that might endanger him nor limit his range of motion. Heat stroke can be fully prevented with proper awareness.
  3. Avoid Over-exertion. Jogging, running, playing frisbee, or other activities can result to over-exertion. On summer months, monitor his activity and be careful on not to over-exert him. Be vigilant for signs of heat stress such as excessive panting, disorientation, weakness or anxious expression. Bring him to a cool shaded area and help him gradually lower his body temperature by immersing his paws on cold water or hose him down then call to inform your vet.
  4. Limit his time on hot concrete/asphalt and proper feet protection. On hot days, hot concrete and asphalt could burn your dog’s paws. So keep off them and let him walk on grass or the sidewalk. If he has to walk on the hot street, then provide him with proper foot wear to protect his paws.
  5. Grooming. See to it that his fur and nails are properly trimmed during the hot summer months. Too much coat can make him prone to heat stroke or for parasites to come in contact and stick with him. Keeping his nails properly trimmed can diminish happening of torn nails which would make him so prone to infection.
  6. Water and Beach Safety. In any way, do not allow him to drink sea water, the salt would make him sick. Minerals and salt present in sea water could ruin his coat, so you better rinse him thoroughly. Majority of the dogs love to swim, but some don’t know how while few really averse the water. So, you must first know what the preference of your dog is before you try to swim with him. Never ever throw your dog into the water! Swimming is a very tiring task for him so don’t let him overdo it. And never ever leave your dog unattended in the water.
  7. Tick and flea safety. Fleas carry diseases that can cause an illness to your dog. Avoid bug bites by following the guidelines recommended by your vet. May it be a medicated shampoo, drops or a throrough brsuhing would ensure you that your dog is safe.

Summer is the time where you and your dog can stay happy also the time where there are lots of health hazards for your beloved pet. Thus, summer safety tips for pets should be followed by every dog owner out there in order to ensure the safety of their canine friend. Summer is suppose to be a happy season for everyone in the family, so you don’t want to have any emergency cases going on with your dog just because of your negligence, do you? Be responsible and have tons of happy moments of your beloved dog.

Any additional summer tips? Feel free to leave your suggestions behind so that all of us may be enlightened.

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