,The Australian summer may bite harder than a 12 week old puppy. Some breeds, in particular will struggle with the heat and are at a risk of overheating. Dogs with thick coats, very young or very old dogs but breeds such as shih tzus, pugs, bulldogs and boxers are at high risk. Dogs do not sweat, they pant. This cools their body, but as you can imagine, this is not always enough. WATER, WATER, WATER!
I know, I know, it is obvious to keep up a steady water supply, however dogs play, kick it and even drink a little more in summer. Put the bowl in the shade and even consider a ceramic bowl which is great for keeping the water cool. We have some great ones in store so come and check it out.
Some dogs may not like to drink so much but if you put a pieces of apple or toys, they will bob for the object and take in some water at the same time. Also hydro toys are a sure way to cool your dog down when they are chewing them.
Another idea is to increase the amount of wet food in their diet. This will increase the water intake and prevent dehydration.
If your dog spends a lot of time outside, they will instinctively look for the driest and coolest area. Put up a shady structure like an air tent which is in a breezy area so they can get plenty of shade. Encourage them to the spot by enticing them with bones or treats.
If your dog cannot come inside during the day, installing a mist system on your patio can be an incredible relief for the dog. If you get this system, you will see the birds and other wildlife enjoy 10o temperature dip as well. 🦜
Wading pools are a great way for the dog to lay down. Don’t fill it too high unless someone is around to supervise your pet but needs to be deep enough to cover belly and paws. Swimming pools are enticing to some dogs, however be very cautious. The dog may do this when no one is home and could not get out, it would be a terrible tragedy for your family.
The fur on your fur-babies protects against the sun and grooming will have a positive impact on your dog’s comfort.
Using de-shedding brushes to remove loose hair, and clipping the coat down will be a relief for your dog. You can always as our staff at Bloomingtails to assist you in the right clip for your dog.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
* Heavy Panting
* Difficulty Breathing
If your furbaby is due for a groom, contact us today to make sure they feel lighter, happier and stay cool. Regular dog grooming will ensure both your and your dog have the best time together this summer 🐶 💞
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