Protecting your dog from the heat : the right things to do
The right things to do:
• Hydration. Dogs need clean, fresh water regularly. This is twice as true in hot weather. Remember to change his water regularly, but don't ice it. Water that's too cold won't properly hydrate your pet.
• Breathable air. The heat is stifling for both humans and animals. Dogs will feel better in a shady, airy room. If air conditioning is still a good way to cool a room, you can also close the steering wheels and play with the fans. Dogs like water. A little refreshment with a mister or a shower (not too cold) can do him a lot of good.
• Do not walk in hot weather. Banish the famous "12:00-16:00" for walks in the park, in favor of a morning or evening stroll. The air is more breathable and the ground is less hot. Remember that your furry pet's paw pads are in direct contact with the boiling ground. He could burn them. Be careful!
• Do not leave your dog in his vehicle. Does your dog follow you wherever you go? During the summer, don't leave him in your vehicle, even for a few minutes! Your pet could quickly become dehydrated and die from the heat. You are responsible for your dog, just as you are responsible for your beloved ones.
If you live by the sea or if your home has a swimming pool, your dog will surely find a source of refreshment. However, the dog can be a victim of hydrocution. Before you let your dog frolic in the water, get him wet.

Recognizing a heatstroke:
Even if you're committed to giving your dog the best in hot weather, he may suffer from heat stroke.

Here are a few symptoms to detect heatstroke:

• Vomiting and diarrhea.
• Accelerated and abnormal breathing (the animal's tongue is sticking out, the mouth remains open...).
• Trembling (the animal's muscles shake as if it were cold).
• Passive and lethargic behavior (the animal seems to be comatose).
• Various disorders (malaise, loss of consciousness...).
Increase in body temperature.
A rise in temperature can be detected by feeling the dog's ear or paw. The rise in fever makes these two parts warmer. The best thing to do is still to use a thermometer. For information, the temperature should be between 38 and 39°.

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