Dog and heat: 6 tips for the summer

Dog and heat: 6 tips for the summer

Sultry heat in the summer and too much sun are dangerous for the dog – just like high ozone levels and summer smog. If you follow a few simple basic rules, summer will still be a pleasure.

The long-haired dogs have difficulty wearing their fur when the heat is high, and the short-haired ones are at risk of sunstroke in summer. The big dogs groan in the heat under their own body weight, the tiny ones gasp because their lungs are filled with exhaust gases instead of oxygen. Summer is not exactly pure pleasure for our dogs. It could, however, if you follow a few simple basic rules.

Avoid heat at noon with your dog

Let your dog calmly take away the heat of the midday hours. Wherever you go, set up a cool, shady spot for him, where he can – with all fours stretched out – comfortably survive the heat on earth or green.

Daily brushing helps the dog in the heat

Long-haired dogs in particular have a hard time wearing fur on hot summer weather. Daily brushing thins the undercoat and lets air into the body. Beardies and other long haired breeds can also be sheared, which makes them fitter and provides relief in the heat.

City tours with dogs in the heat

In the heat, the smog stays close to the ground. Especially dogs, whose nose breathes exactly at the height of the exhaust pipe in traffic-heavy areas, are extremely stressed.

Small dogs in particular are exposed to extreme smog when hot.

In hot weather, be sure to reschedule the walks with your dog for hours after a heavy thunderstorm or rain, because this clears the air and binds the exhaust gases.

Heat and exercise for the dog

In high heat in summer, jogging, wild games with other dogs, agility or dog sport training, racing or running next to the bike are only allowed as long as the thermometer shows below 20 ° C. If the column rises above, you can either take your walks along forest paths (must be lined up!) Or on beaches or banks where a cool breeze blows. Kneipp and swimming cures are even better.

Tip: In hot weather, postpone the dog’s trim time until the wee hours of the morning. Because the night has cooled the soil and air and the dew creates a good climate for the lungs.

Prefer light dog food in the heat

In hot weather you should provide the dog with small portions and easily digestible menus. A digestive nap follows. This relieves the circulation and keeps the dog in good shape.

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