Dog and heat: 5 tips for the summer

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Dog and heat: 5 tips for the summer

Large dogs groan under their own body weight in the heat. The tiny ones gasp because their lungs fill with exhaust gases instead of oxygen. Follow these simple basic rules to help your dog cope with the summer heat.

1. Avoid heat at lunchtime with your dog

Let your dog doze off in the midday heat. Wherever possible, set up a cool, shady spot for him, where he – all fours stretched out – on earth or greenery can comfortably survive the heat.

The dog should be allowed to doze at lunchtime. © Worldwide

2. Daily brushing helps the dog in heat

Long-haired dogs in particular have a hard time wearing their fur in the heat in summer. Daily brushing thins the undercoat and lets air into the body. Beardies and other long-haired breeds can also be sheared, this will make them fitter and provide relief in the heat.

Daily brushing helps the dog. ©

3. Avoid city tours with your dog in the heat

When it is hot, the smog stays close to the ground. Dogs in particular, whose nose breathes exactly at the exhaust level of the car in high-traffic areas, are extremely stressed. When it is hot, you should definitely postpone walks with your dog to the hours after a heavy thunderstorm or rain, as this clears the air and binds the exhaust gases.

The air is more pleasant after a rain shower. ©

4. Heat and exercise for the dog

When it is very hot in summer, jogging, wild games with other dogs, agility or dog sport training, racing or running next to the bike are only allowed as long as the thermometer shows below 20 ° C. If the column rises above, you can either take your walks on forest paths (leash must be kept!) Or on beaches or banks where a cool breeze blows. Kneipp and swimming cures are even better.

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Tip: If it is hot, move the dog’s exercise time to the early hours of the morning. Because the night has cooled the ground and air and the dew creates a good climate for the lungs.

It’s pleasantly cool in the forest. © Thalhofer

5. When it is hot, prefer light food for the dog

When it is hot, you should provide your dog with small portions and easily digestible menus. A digestive nap follows. This relieves the circulatory system and keeps the dog fit and in a good mood.