As much as we enjoy summer, it can be exhausting at times. It's not easy to keep a cool head in hot temperatures. And that applies not only to two-legged friends, but also to four-legged friends. We give tips on how your dog can get through the summer relaxed.
Have you had enough?
Adequate water intake is extremely important, especially in summer. You should therefore always have water with you for your darling. Offer the dog water regularly. A little tip for dogs who are lazy about drinking: put a small treat in the bowl so that even those who are lazy about drinking can get excited about the cool water.
On really hot days, you can also cool down the dog from the inside. It's very easy: Just your favorite snack, e.g. B. Put fruit, vegetables or dog liver sausage in an ice cube mold, water over it and into the freezer. After a few hours you can give your furry friend the snack.
A jump into the cold water
Many dogs are real water rats. What can quickly become a muddy affair with subsequent cystitis in autumn or winter is really good for the four-legged friend in summer. The wet cools down the body temperature of the dog. If you don't have a river or lake nearby, you can also offer the dog a paddling pool.
Be careful in the car
Even at an outside temperature of 24°C, the temperature in the interior is already around 41° Celsius after around 30 minutes. Alarm: Torture for the dog! Especially when it's hot, you should never leave a dog in the car for long - preferably not at all. The stuffy, hot air can lead to circulatory collapse and ultimately even death in animals. An open pane doesn't help either! So if you want to do something without a dog, you should leave it at home and take appropriate sun protection measures there.
You've probably noticed by now that your dog sleeps and rests more in the summer. Don't worry, this is completely normal. The heat is exhausting! Often the fur noses just lie down somewhere and fall into a deep sleep. As the owner, you should make sure that your dog is always in the shade. In your home, make sure that baskets and the like are never in direct sunlight.
Avoid hot asphalt
You should avoid walks on the asphalt in summer. Our four-legged friends walk barefoot almost all day. Although there is a little callus, the hot floor can quickly lead to blisters on the paws. Better to take your walks, which by the way shouldn’t last too long in particularly hot temperatures, into the forest. Not only is the ground cool there, the air is also much more pleasant than anywhere else.
brush the dog
Do you wear a thick wool sweater in summer? Probably not! But joking aside, dogs with a lot of hair in particular should be brushed regularly in hot weather so that loose fur is removed and the animal's skin is better ventilated. After all, dogs can sweat too. You can quickly tell if your dog is too hot when it starts panting.
Adjust walk times
Long walks at over 30° Celsius are not fun for you or your dog and can even be dangerous. It is therefore best to adapt your walk times to the heat. Early mornings and late evenings are good times for longer walks in summer. During the day you should limit yourself to smaller rounds for “business in between”.