Our Country Nepal have different seasons and among all different seasons, Especially in Tarai region summer temperatures exceed 37° C and higher in month of Chaitra, Baishakh, Jestha. So now summer is here and our pets love summer just as much as we do. I mean, it might get a little sweaty but summer is all about fun and your pet would totally agree with that.
It’s hard for pets to keep cool when the sun is beating down, and animals don’t sweat like people do. Dogs do sweat, but not very much, and it does little to cool them off. They are at a high risk of suffering from heatstroke and other heat related conditions if they are not monitored carefully. However, you can significantly reduce this risk by providing your outdoor dog with plenty of water, shaded areas to rest, and paying close attention to their health.
Here are some important summer safety tips for dogs:
- Give your dog some space in summer, they like it.
- Dogs should never be left in the heat without access to fresh water and shade.
- Water should be left in a shaded area to help keep it cool, rather than directly in the sun.
- Change and refill water bowls every 1 to 2 hours to keep the water cool.
- A raised platform also helps air to circulate under their bed, which helps to keep it cool.
- If you choose to use fans to circulate the air in the doghouse, have a professional install the electrical equipment since electrical cords are a serious hazard for dogs.
- Make sure the opening of their doghouse is not directly facing the sun. Ideally, the doghouse should be in an area that is shaded throughout the day. Doghouses in the sun can trap the heat and become very hot.
- Do not shave your dog. Their fur helps to protect their skin from the sun’s rays and can help insulate them from the heat
- Dogs that are left outdoors must be given a place to cool down, be shaded from the sun, and be closely monitored for heatstroke and other medical conditions.
- Dogs will need more water than they usually do after they exercise so provide unlimited water for them to rehydrate with.
- Make sure they’re fed with a well-balanced nutritionally complete and energy dense diet
In the end always, make sure you talk with your veterinarian about any questions or concerns you have about your pets in warm summer weather.
Dr.Pawan Kumar Jha
PK Veterinary & Agriculture Center
Bajrang Veterinary & Agricultural Research center PVt.Ltd