This is a sequel to my article “How to recognize signs of heat stress in dogs and cats“. In this article, We are discussing measures to keep your dog cool in dog days of summer. Dogs are the one who goes out. They like playing outside. They are the one who suffers most from heat stress. Therefore, after recognizing that your dog is suffering from heat stress, what are the things you can do at home to comfort him.
Steps to Keep your dog cool in summer
After you know your dog is suffering from heat stress start the cooling process-
- Give your dog tepid water bath. Remember water bath by hose and never ice. Never apply ice in a dog suffering from heat stress. This will make the matters worse. Do not dip the dog in the water. Apply hose in chest, belly, thighs.
- Turn on the air conditioner at 76 or switch the fans
- Give your dog water to drink– Allow him to drink as much he wants. You may add a pinch of salt in water. This will ensure he gets the electrolyte back which was lost during panting.
- Keep an eye on your dog’s urine– After taking measures, If your dog urinates clear urine, then things can be considered improving.
- Keep an eye on dog’s tongue– If after hosing and keeping under a fan your dog’s tongue taken outside the mouth and it is no longer reddened, your dog is normal.
A little about cats. Even, though cats are resilient to heat stress, they do sometimes suffer from heat stress. If such a situation arises hosing the cat with water is a good idea. Additionally, the cat should immediately be removed from the hot environment.
Finally, I would like to say, if your dog’s or cat’s urine and tongue become good, then your pet out of danger and you do not need to take them to vet.
Last, but not least, there is a product to keep your dog cool during summer.
Small animal veterinarian for last 20 years. works in self-owned pet clinic in Ranchi, India called Pluto Pet Clinic. Published several articles on pets and social media in various national and international pet magazines, blogs. Part of many international organisations including Nabuur, Mission Rabies, Asian Society of small animal dermatology, WSAVA.