Summer heat can pose risks and challenges for dogs and their owners. First tropical night of the year It is indeed a fact, and as the sun shines and temperatures rise, there are even more risks that can affect your dog’s health.
Mostie’s canine expert Magda Nauruka is concerned about the many potential threats that may emerge during the summer months.
As dog lovers, we should be aware of the dangers that dogs can face in the summer. Nawrocka says it’s crucial to repeat the warning to spare dogs from the heat, especially now that the number of new pet owners has increased as a result of the pandemic.
The expert believes that by informing and creating awareness, one can better ensure that the four-legged animals have a safe summer.
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Do not do this
According to the Great Pet Survey 2023, a survey conducted by Kantar on behalf of Musti, up to 49 percent of Norwegian pet owners own dogs.
This means that many people now have a lot to take care of as the holiday approaches. Perhaps the dog is with you on holiday in Norway or it may be with you abroad.
Among Nawrocka’s warnings, one in particular can be life threatening – leaving a dog in a hot car.
Never leave your dog in a parked car, even with the window open, says the dog expert.
The temperature in the car can rise quickly and can be life threatening for the dog. Nawrocka adds that a silver cloth and cage fan would be nice on a road trip.
Many dogs bask in the sun, and can lie down to sunbathe, even if the temperatures rise. So overheating can be a real danger.
Nawrocka advises dog owners to find shaded areas to rest and avoid hiking during the sun’s strongest time, which is between the 12-15 PM.
Burns and breathing problems
The canine expert has several warnings aimed at dog owners, including protecting their feet from burns from the hot surface.
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– Noroka warns that asphalt and sand can get extremely hot in the summer and can cause serious burns to a dog’s feet.
Another tip is to go for a walk early in the morning or in the evening, before it gets too hot outside.
For owners of dogs with short muzzles, it is important to note that dogs with four legs are more exposed to heat. These dog breeds are not able to calm down as effectively as others. This applies to dog breeds such as French bulldogs, pugs and Boston terriers.
Canine expert warnings:
Dangerous to life: Never leave your dog in a hot car. Never leave your dog in a parked car, even with the window open. The temperature in the car can quickly rise and pose a life-threatening situation for the dog. A silver cloth and cage fan can be a great thing to take on a car trip.
Avoid overheating. Although dogs can enjoy sunbathing, overheating can be a real danger. Magda advises dog owners to provide shaded areas for resting and to avoid long walks while the chair is at its strongest.
breathing problems: Dogs with short muzzles are more exposed to heat, so use a cooling mat or cooling jacket on hot days. Dogs with short muzzles in particular can have breathing problems in the heat. This applies to dog breeds such as French bulldogs, pugs and Boston terriers.
Avoid dehydration. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water, especially during outdoor activities or while traveling. Get a collapsible water bowl and give your dog water regularly to avoid dehydration.
Protect paws from burns. Asphalt and sand can get extremely hot in the summer and can cause serious burns to your dog’s feet. Magda recommends walking on grassy areas to protect your feet from hot surfaces. It is best to go for a walk early in the morning or in the evening.
tick father: Take the necessary preventive measures. Summer is the peak season for ticks and fleas. It is important to ensure that your dog is protected with the correct preventive treatment to avoid unpleasant bites and infections.
Provide first aid equipment.
Be prepared to travel: Take care of passports, vaccinations and deworming when traveling abroad. Also, make sure you are familiar with local laws and regulations.
Do not drop the life jacket on the dog. Even dogs who are good swimmers can panic in the water and quickly become exhausted and cold. The biggest danger at sea is the risk of losing our pet when we move at a certain speed. It can take a long time to turn around and get back to a place where we lost the dog. A life jacket can be crucial in a situation like this, as it can save lives and help us locate the dog. In addition, the handle makes it very easy to pick up the dog. Therefore, choose a jacket with a handle at the back.
Source: Magda Nauruka, dog expert at Mosti
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