In summer, it is useful to know how to refresh a dog . Especially if we take into account that dogs do not sweat, like us, and their thermoregulation system is less effective than ours in certain circumstances. Here are some very practical tricks😉
Wet your dog in key areas
Some people think that wetting the hair of the trunk and the head of the dog is a good way to refresh it. Actually, it is not as much as it might seem at first glance. In fact, some experts do not recommend it for the following reason:
By wetting the dog’s fur when the ambient temperature is very high, a kind of hot steam is produced which, far from refreshing the dog, can even warm him up even more.
The problem is that, being covered with a thick layer of hair, the water with which we wet the hair of our dogs does not get through and get in contact with the skin. Therefore, the cooling sensation is minimal or nil.
The best advice on how to cool a dog if you have water at hand is to dip the belly, the pads of the legs and moisten the inside of the ears, paying attention so that the water does not enter the hole in the ear.
And, of course, if you have a river, a lake, a swimming pool or directly the sea by hand, then do not hesitate to encourage your dog to bathe. Without a doubt, that’s the best way to refresh it😉
Do not cut your hair
The coat of a dog is not only useful for the cold but also acts as a barrier and protection against heat. Therefore, not always cutting the hair is the best option when we consider how to cool a dog.
In certain breeds, a haircut can be harmful by exposing the sensitive skin of the animal, which will suffer with solar radiation. The best decision is to consult with a canine hairdressing specialist to guide us on what is the most practical “look” for our dog.
Keep it hydrated
In times of heat, more than ever, a dog should have fresh and clean water always within reach.
We already saw in this post about where dogs sweat that panting is the main form of thermoregulation of dogs. Through panting, the hot water vapor from the lungs condenses by touching the mucous membranes of the mouth and tongue, which are colder. And the dog literally ends up dripping water when panting.
This loss of body fluid, as well as the loss that takes place through the sweating of the sweat glands of the pads of the legs and the truffle, has to be compensated with the intake of fresh water. In this way dehydration is avoided.
Prepare a homemade ice cream for dogs
This is, perhaps, the most fun way to refresh a dog. You will have a great time preparing the ice cream and your dog eating it later.
Buy a refreshing blanket
The truth is that the market is full of curious gadgets to make the life of our dogs easier and more comfortable, but among all the accessories, this refreshing dog blanket seems a great invention.
It is cooled with the dog’s weight and automatically recharges. It does not need plugs and can be carried anywhere because it has a fairly compact size. In addition, it is possible to place it inside the bed or the dog’s cradle, if necessary, as a coolant carpet.
Refresh the atmosphere and always look for a shadow
Sometimes it is not so necessary to think about how to cool a dog but how to protect it from the heat before it can affect you .
When temperatures are high, it is best to look for a good shade , or a sheltered place.
If it is still very hot, even in the shade, it is a good idea to place a fan that removes the atmosphere or turn on the air conditioning .
Do not forget to lower your awnings and leave some windows a little open to generate electricity if your dog has to stay indoors for several hours. This will prevent the temperature inside the home from rising too much.
Do not take him to physical activity at the hottest hours
Although you like to play sports with your dog, remember that when the heat tightens, take it to run with you or have it accompany you with the bicycle can take your toll.
Heat stroke in dogs is a very real risk in summer and you should avoid it at all costs. By the way, I take this opportunity to give you some advice on how to help a dog that suffers heat stroke.
Take it out for a walk in the hours of less heat
When the thermometer rises, it is sometimes better to concentrate the daily rides in certain time slots. Ideal time of walk is in the morning, a quick and functional walk (to do a pee and little else) at noon, and a long walk when the afternoon falls and no longer squeezes the sun.