Tips for Helping Dogs During Heat Waves

By getting to know these tips to care for your dogs during heat waves, you'll be able to help them cope.
Tips for Helping Dogs During Heat Waves
Sebastian Ramirez Ocampo

Reviewed and approved by the veterinarian and zootechnician Sebastian Ramirez Ocampo.

Last update: 09 April, 2023

Today we want to offer you a series of tips for helping dogs during heat waves.

Just as with humans, excessive heat makes dogs feel sick. If they aren’t well hydrated and cared for, they could even die from what’s known as heat stroke. Here’s a better breakdown of the issue.

4 tips for helping dogs during heat waves

Heat waves are becoming more and more frequent and they affect all living species, including the earth itself. If you have pets, you may want to remember these tips in order to help them cope better during heat waves .

A dog on a bed.

1. Use a cooling mat

Cooling mats for dogs cool your pet down gradually, regulating the animal’s body temperature. In addition, they’re water resistant and cleaning them is very simple; just wipe them with a damp cloth and a non-abrasive cleaning product. You should place the mat in a cool and suitable place.

The proper functioning of the mat will depend on your good handling. When using it for the first time you should spread the filling with your fingers until it’s uniform. Remember not to expose it to direct sunlight and not to use it in a cold environment.

2. Ensure that they’re hydrated

This is one of the most important tips; you should keep your dog well-hydrated at all times. The animal should have water available 24 hours a day; it should always be fresh and clean.

Use water fountains or automatic drinking fountains that oxygenate the water and maintain a pleasant temperature, helping your dog to drink it with pleasure. If it’s in a bowl then you should change it from time to time so that it doesn’t get too warm.

3. Help your dog cool off

Another way to help your dog stay cool is through the use of an air conditioner or fan that keeps the environment cool.

Another good tip is to add a couple of ice cubes to your dog’s water. This isn’t harmful and many dogs quite like it. If you’re somewhere outside, give them water and wet their face and body.

A dog with a hose.

4. If it’s a long-haired dog, it’s time for a haircut

With long-haired dogs, it’s a good idea to bathe them frequently and have their fur cut. The idea is to give them a good cut to prevent them from sweating and overheating.

But don’t overdo it, as leaving your dog’s skin too bare will cause the sun’s rays to burn it, causing injuries.

In summary

We’ve shared four simple tips for helping dogs during heat waves. They’re very sensitive animals and high temperatures can cause organ failures and even death.

Prevent health difficulties and consult your trusted veterinarian. They’ll know what other advice to give you for the specific care of your furry friend.

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Even though some of us like hot weather, it can cause irreversible damage to dogs. We wrote this article just to tell you more about dogs and heat.

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