Bringing your dog everywhere is something so many people love to do. Dogs love camping, so why not let them enjoy a little camping expedition with you? There are tips to keep in mind, however. When the temperatures soar and that camper or tent doesn’t have A/C, it is important to know the many ways that you can cool that pup down.
Cool the Paws First
Dogs will pant to keep themselves cool. If you notice that your dog has a heavy pant, it is most likely because they’re overheated due to the hot summer sun. However, not many people know that in addition to panting, dogs can also cool off through the pads on their paws. Placing them in a small pool of water can help reduce the dog’s temperature and make them more comfortable.
*TIP! Don’t let Fido walk on hot pavement, asphalt or concrete. This can blister their paws due to the surface being too hot!
Try to Refrain From Overexercising
Dogs, especially puppies might not know their own limits. They might want to frolic and play for hours, even if they’re overheated and worn out. A little play can go a long way when it comes to the summer. Try to reduce the amount of time you play outdoors in the sun and opt for an evening play session when it cools down a bit more. Trust us, Fido will thank you!
Provide Cover for Them
If you have an awning, canopy or other item, bring them with you camping. Even bringing the dog house can help. Being in an area that is exposed to the harsh sun’s rays all day long can not only be hot for a dog, but hot for you! Bringing something that provides shade can help reduce the temperatures that your dog is exposed too while out in the wild. They can go outside of the cover if they wish, but having it there as an option is a plus.
Know the Signs of Dehydration
Water, water, water throughout the day. Make sure it is fresh, cool and clean. Keeping it on hand at all times, so that they have access to it whenever they become thirsty is a must. Knowing the signs of doggy dehydration can also help reduce problems from occurring. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with a professional as quickly as possible:
- Unsteady or wobbly
Vomiting, diarrhea or lack of appetite
Dry, sticky mouth and gums
Dry, chapped nose
Tired or lethargic
Warm to the touch
Tight, non-elasticity in skin
Remember! Never, ever leave your dog in a vehicle for an extended period of time during the summer. Even with the windows cracked a small amount, the dog can easily become overheated and die. Notify someone immediately if you notice a dog in a hot parked car.
Keeping your dog cool while bringing them around with you is always a plus. Not only will they have a good time, but they can remain healthy. Keep these tips in mind and head out into the wild!