Dogs do not sweat. They can only expel most of the heat through the mouth by rapid breathing. A small amount of heat is expelled from the sweat glands of the foot pad, so keeping the dog cool is very important. Dog heatstroke can endanger life. Warning signs include panting, slow movements, weak dizziness, and loss of consciousness. If you see any of these symptoms, PAWZ Road reminds you to take appropriate measures immediately.
- Focus on your dog’s physical conditions. Dogs who are elderly, obese, have a history of heart disease, or have a history of epilepsy are more prone to heat stroke. They are not heat-resistant. Short snout dogs (i.e. pugs or bulldogs) are more difficult to distribute body heat through wheezing, and the risk of heat stroke is also high. Some varieties are also poor in heat resistance. The following breeds should be avoided in extremely hot environments: bulldogs (British and French bulls), boxer dogs, St. Bernard, pugs, and Shih Tzu.
- Keep your dog's drinking enough water. Although this is very simple, it’s also particularly important.
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- Don't let your dog stay in the car. In the hot summer, dogs should never be left in a car exposed to the sun, while the temperature is mild. Even if the windows are opened, the temperature inside the car can be doubled within a few minutes, often resulting in the death of an unfortunate dog. If you have a long trip in the car on summer days, a self-cooling car bag for your pups is necessary.
- Groom your dog's hair properly. On hot summer days, especially long hairs need to be cut short rather than The PAWZ Road prompts you to never shave the dog's hair because the skin exposed to the sun will make the dog's sunburn on the skin, and lead to the hairs not to grow anymore, which is also likely to cause dermatitis and even skin cancer.
- Dogs should be kept in a cool place as much as possible. The weather is extremely hot in the dog days, please keep the dog in an air-conditioned or ventilated cool house. If you can't do this, please make sure that let your dogs stay in a cool ventilated outdoors area. A self-cooling dog blanket must be the best choice for you pups.
- Take plenty of water to walk with your dogs. Walking with dogs on hot summers days requires to prepare enough drinking water for your dogs. If your dogs behave breathlessly or look slow, they must stop walking and have a shaded area to rest and drink some water. Why not to bring a water bottle for your trip?
- Avoid walking dogs at the hottest noon time. It is most appropriate to walk a dog in the morning and in the evening. If the weather is particularly hot, it’s better to give up walking dog. Beside, please keep your dog's paws from walking on the concrete or asphalt road. The road surface will be really hot in summer, walking on it will scald your dog's paws. Try to keep your palms flat on the ground for five If you can't keep it, please do not let your dogs walk on it. If needed, PAWZ Road dog shoes is a good way to insulate ground heat for you puppies.
- Dogs can swim in the hot summer. This can help your dogs prevent heat stroke, but to ensure that the dog is in you surveillance range. It is better to stop your dogs from swimming in deep water, especially in the swimming pool, if your dogs are not a strong swimmer, they are likely to be trapped there. Dog life jackets must help you to care for your swimming pups well.
- Please don't let dogs work outside on hot days. If your dogs are large dogs or working dogs, you should let them rest in hot weather. At rest, please make sure that they can come in contact with plenty of shade and cool water. The water bowl placed under the shade needs to be cleaned daily, and change water at least once a day. If the water is dirty, please change the water more frequently. If possible, let your dogs swim or wet them during the break time.
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