Arriva il caldo... Come comportarsi con i nostri fedeli amici??

The heat is coming... How to behave with our faithful friends??

Adelchi Rainone

With the arrival of summer and the rise in temperatures, we need to pay attention to the risk of heat stroke, which, like us, can also affect our faithful friends.

The dog, which spends more time outdoors than the cat, is particularly subject to heat stroke. 

This is a problem that is often underestimated and owners often do not have the necessary attention, perhaps because they too are in the heat of the heat, not realizing that heat stroke can have lethal consequences for our little friends.

I don't want to dwell, also because I risk being offensive, on those who leave their dogs in the car under the sun. Leaving the windows just open is not enough to lower the temperature in the passenger compartment and you also leave the dog without water, which should never be done, let alone in the summer!!

But how can we tell if our dog is about to have heat stroke? Can we figure it out in time?

Normally you could say that a little common sense is enough but there are also some scientific elements to take into consideration:

- The dog's body temperature is on average 38.5 °C

- Perspiration, or sweating that occurs through the tongue while breathing with an open mouth.

For these reasons, the dog's perceived temperature is higher than ours and when dogs are hot, to control their body temperature, they begin to breathe with their mouths open and more quickly, in this way they "sweat" and reduce their temperature. corporeal.

When it is too hot, however, there is also a lot of humidity and if not even a breath of air moves, this thermoregulatory method is no longer sufficient.

 

How can we prevent our friend from being exposed to such a huge risk?

Some tips are:

- Fresh water always!! As previously mentioned, the dog MUST always have water available and if we can change it often so that it stays fresh, obviously it is better!!

- Rush Hours If you weren't forced by work or the rhythms of everyday life, would you go for a walk at 12 or 3pm on a hot summer day??? So why do you want to bring the dog? Remember that the dog, moreover, does not have shoes (!!) walking on asphalt at over 50°C could cause burns to his fingertips

- Terrace/Balcony if the terrace is ventilated and has shaded areas, fine, if there is a small garden better, otherwise better at home in a ventilated room, and with the shutters and shutters semi-closed. Also pay close attention to home cooling systems, the climate makes the air too dry and it would not be very recommended

So to recap:

- we respect his rhythms and do not impose ours on our friend;

- we limit exposures during peak hours to a minimum;

- Let's consider whether to take him with us to the seaside, dogs risk getting burned and incurring annoying dermatitis as well as burning their fingertips;

- if it is very hot, it would be advisable to bathe our friend (neck and withers) or equip him with gadgets designed to alleviate the heat of our friends (refreshing mattresses and bandanas, "freezer" games etc..

 

 ATTENTION: If we see a dog locked up and left alone in the car, the law allows our law enforcement agencies to intervene to protect animals, so we don't hesitate to call the police. If you saw a child what would you do??

Look at our selection of summer gadgets to help our friends protect us from the heat