Keeping Your Pets Cool This Summer
Now more than ever it is extremely important to be keeping your pets cool, ensuring that they are both healthy and safe during the heatwave. Unlike humans, pets hold a lot of fur which is not ideal on hot, summer days like we are currently experiencing and this makes it extremely difficult to stay cool. You may be wondering just how to keep your dog cool this summer, how hot is too hot for dogs, and is it appropriate to take your dog walking in a heatwave. Luckily, PowAir are here with tips to guide you and your pets through the heat!
Recognising signs of heatstroke within dogs
Firstly, it’s important that you are knowledgeable on the signs of heatstroke within dogs. Knowing how to keep your dog cool is vital but dog walking in a heatwave can be very dangerous but the sooner these signs are recognised and understood, the quicker you will be able to prevent and treat them. How hot is too hot for dogs we hear you ask? Well if your dog experiences any of the following symptoms, this may give you the answers you are looking for.
If you have any further concerns about your pet during the heatwave, and how hot is too hot for dogs, please seek veterinary guidance.
Why should I keep my pets inside?
Did you know that the hottest time of the day is between 11am – 3pm? Allowing your pets to go outside when the heat is at its strongest can cause serious burns to animal’s paws, leaving them in excruciating pain. One way to determine whether it is too hot for your pets to be outside is by resting your hand on a tarmac surface. If you are unable to leave your hand on the surface for more than 5 seconds, it is too hot for your pet.
Refraining from walking your furry friend’s midday is a simple and easy way to keep your pets cool this summer. It is better to walk your pets in the early hours of the morning or late at night when it is much cooler, saving them from becoming at risk to heat stroke.
Aim to pick a route where there is plenty of shade to walk in or cool water to paddle in.
Keeping your pets hydrated
Of course, it is key to keep your pets hydrated no matter the weather, however when experiencing high temperatures, one of the easiest hacks on how to keep dogs cool in summer is by giving them a constant supply of cool, clean water.
One of the main signs of heat stroke within dogs being excessive panting and this can be helped by taking water with you on walks, further benefiting the health of your furry friend. After all, you would carry water for yourself, so why not for your pets as well?
It’s difficult to explain to your pets why they suddenly can’t go outside and because of this they may have a high build of energy. This is not only exhausting for your pets but also for yourself when trying to cool down. The issue is, dog walking during in a heatwave is not advised and therefore not an option for your furry friends. Fortunately. there are several different ways that you can keep your pets busy and cool at the same time, one being to freeze their favourite treat.
Simply take an ice cube tray, fill it with water, and place their favourite treat within each cube. When frozen your furry friend can cool of by trying to access the treat hidden within the ice cube. Alternatively, boil chicken in warm water. Remove the chicken from the water and save as a treat for later. Take the water from the pan and pour it into an ice cube tray followed by putting them in freezer for a couple of hours. Then, give to your furry friend to enjoy!
TIP: Even freezing a Kong or their favourite toy is an excellent way to keep your dog cool this summer! Why not give them a go?
Experiencing wet dog smells?
A common way to keep both humans and pets cool is by laying on a cold, damp towel. Knowing how to keep a dog cool is great but although this is beneficial to some extent, it also leaves you with wet dog odours lingering around your home making your heatwave experience even more unpleasant. Luckily for you, PowAir have your back. All of our products are natural and non-toxic and will effectively and efficiently remove smelly odours with ease.
Keeping your pets cool this summer may come with wet dog odours. Thankfully PowAir Gel has been designed to completely absorb odour molecules in large areas, making it perfect for your living space. Simply remove the lid for round-the-clock odour neutralisation, keeping pesky doggy smells and other bad odours at bay!
Whilst you’re at it, why not try our PowAir spray? It’s perfect for removing bad odours quickly and can be used safely on your dog’s bedding, clothing and throughout the home.
Keeping your pets cool this summer is vital, so why not keep your pets belongings odour free too!
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