If we humans are finding the heat quite unbearable then I know my poor pooches are struggling too. There are many accounts of dogs collapsing with heat exhaustion and my local vets said they have unfortunately had a couple of cases over the weekend, luckily the dogs recovered thank goodness.
To make my dogs as comfortable as possible I am taking heed of some of the tips other owners and dog professionals are posting on social media. Otty had a vets appointment today (anal glands emptying, she's fine) so I also checked out with the veterinary nurse if there was anything else I should be doing.
I am sure we are all following the same advice about shorter walks in shaded areas, keeping out of the midday sun, not travelling in vehicles unless very well ventilated and making sure our pets have access to clean, fresh water at all times.
On top of that I have also been doing the following - walking by water and letting the dogs paddle/swim for as long as they want to; putting ice cubes out for them, draping a cold, wet towel over them and massaging them with it to allow the water to seep into their coat to cool them down; putting out cold, wet towels for them to lay on and keeping the curtains drawn in the house. Another ingenious idea I heard was to make use of those freezer blocks you put in cool boxes and putting them out where the dogs are laying. Nish was up for this as long as I wrapped them in a tea towel, she quite happily settled down and lay across them and I packed another couple of them around her whilst she dozed. She seemed quite comfortable.
I am lucky enough to have a couple of fans and a mobile air-con unit (the kind where you stick the hose out of the window). So when we have been at home I have the fans on in a couple of rooms and kept the air-con unit running (its really noisy though) so the dogs could find a cooler place to settle. All these things have seemed to make them more comfortable. Nish doesn't like the noise of the air-con unit or the fans, she prefers the ice blocks and a wet towel. Otty really doesn't like the wet towel and gets more worked up if I tried to massage her with it but she is quite happy with the air-con unit!
We will have the cold, wet towels in the car tomorrow when we go to pick up our regulars for their walks earlier than usual to keep out of the midday sun. Plenty of cold water, a short woodland walk and all of us will cool off with a paddle.
I also saw a German Shepherd today with one of those 'cool coats' on, they look like a good idea and the veterinary nurse said her colleague has one for her black lab. Has anyone else used one those?
Hope you and your pooches are all safe and keeping cool where you can. Have a great week!
A BIT ABOUT ME......
We're two years on from the inception of Hanson's Hounds and its been a wonderful ride.