October 20, 2023 by Pauline G. Carter
Dogs also need protection from changing weather and more like humans. PETA reports the fatality rate of dogs and other pets yearly due to hot weather. Most cases usually involve a dog’s exposure to heat outdoors or in the car. In 2023, many dogs died from heat-related events, with several instances gone unaccounted for.
That brings attention to their safety during weather changes. You must have sensed the effect of weather on their mood, whether it is cold or hot. Nevertheless, with more knowledge, you can create a better environment for him and protect his well-being.
So, let’s dive into this aspect of dogs’ needs.
Can dogs handle hot weather? Any loving pet parent would want to know these details to better care for their new family member. In this context, one must understand that hot temperatures can suit some species while others need cooler shelter for rest.
For example, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Pugs, and other brachycephalic breeds like cooler weather. Heat can disrupt their breathing. Alaskan Malamute, Komondor, Afghan Hound, and other large or longhaired breeds also face heat-related problems.
Due to soaring mercury, these dogs engage less in activities. Some may become snappish and want personal space.
Helping the dog adjust to hot weather
The most visible sign of the impact of heat on your dog can be irritability. As a pet owner, you should make him comfortable and reduce heatstroke risks. With planning, you and your dog can handle the effects efficiently.
For example, take your dog on walks during cooler times of the day. Avoid the hottest hours. Please provide them with water and cool shade throughout the day. Traditional beds can become hot. Choose alternatives that ensure a better sleeping environment.
Get cooling mats and swimming pools for them. If your dog lives in a corner without an air conditioner, add a fan to let him enjoy some cool breeze.
As hinted above, most dogs die from being locked in hot vehicles during summer. Please be careful about this. Keep their contact with hot surfaces as minimal as possible. Also, watch for signs of heatstroke, such as panting, reduced appetite, fatigue, and vomiting.
If you notice these symptoms, try to control your pet’s body temperature by making it drink lots of water. Apply a cold towel to his chest and head. If you have another person around, ask for help. As you drive your pet to the vet’s clinic, let them manage these things.
Remember, you can also prepare your pet for cold weather with specific steps. And it’s better to have things in place when you notice a temperature change. At the same time, if you find someone else’s dog in a hot car, contact 911 for assistance. Meanwhile, you can note car details and click a picture to show to the nearby building’s manager.
Maybe the dog owner is in that building. Protecting an innocent pet’s life is crucial, even if it doesn’t belong to you. However, as a pet parent, you can understand its problem and attempt to rescue it from the imminent danger caused by prolonged heat exposure.
About Author (Pauline G. Carter)
Pauline G. Carter is a well-known pet blogger who has written about the world of pets for several years. She is passionate about pets, from cats and dogs to birds, reptiles, and poultry. Her blog, which is updated regularly, is filled with articles and guides on pet care, nutrition, and training. She also shares her experiences and observations on pet ownership, making her blog relatable and informative for pet lovers. She is a true animal advocate and is dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership. Let’s Go …