If this is your first summer with a dog, a good rule to follow is that if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.
Dogs aren’t capable of handling the weather in the same way people do. They are separate species and have their own internal tolerances. The most obvious thing is that their skin is covered in fur, which can only make it more difficult to cool down during summer.
Dogs don’t sweat as we do; they lower their body temperature through panting.
To help your pet survive the summer heat, follow these simple rules:
- Don’t take them out while it’s hot
- Let them rest without too much physical activity
- Keep them safe while out (don’t leave them in a hot car, etc.)
- Consider dressing them in a cooling vest if you have to go out.
- Whenever you have the chance, go swimming in the cool water – your dog will appreciate it!