It's starting to get hot outside, and that means it's hot for your dog too. Wrinkly dogs in particular, like bulldogs and pugs, are at risk for heatstroke because they can't cool down as easily. But all dogs can suffer in the heat, so it's important to take steps to protect your pup when the weather gets hot. Here are some tips on how to keep your furry friend cool and comfortable on hot days.
Tips for Hot Days
1. Avoid the hot pavement. The pavement can get incredibly hot during the summer months, making it painful for your dog to walk on. Put your hand on the pavement for a quick temperature test. If it's too hot to keep your hand on, it's too hot for your pup to walk on.
2. Keep hydrated. Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh, cool water to drink throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to provide one cup of water per 20 minutes of exercise.
3. Take breaks often. When you're out walking or playing with your dog, take breaks often in shady areas or indoors where it's cooler. This will help prevent heat exhaustion or other heat-related illnesses.
4. Know the signs of heatstroke. Symptoms of heatstroke in dogs include panting, drooling, increased body temperature, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and vomiting. If you notice any of these signs, seek medical attention immediately.
Be extra careful with certain breeds. Some dog breeds are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke due to their short snouts or heavy coats. For example, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, and Boxers are all more susceptible to heatstroke.
What to Avoid in the Summer
When your pup is playing outside more during the summer months, it can be tempting to bathe them more regularly. Frequent bathing, however, can strip away essential oils. This can lead to dry, flaky skin and discomfort for your dog. Instead, keep skin and wrinkles clean using Squishface Wrinkle Wipes. Our alcohol-free formula is gentle enough for even the most sensitive and allergy-prone dogs. Since there are no harsh chemicals, you don’t need to worry about stinging or irritation. Wrinkle Wipes clean the skin of sweat, dirt, and debris, and they also actively help to rebuild the skin because they have phytosphingosine in them.
The Bottom Line
Summer is a fun time to get outside with your dog, but it's important to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. Follow the tips above to keep your pup cool and comfortable all summer long.
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