Protect Your Dog this Bangalore Summer With Our Handy Dog Care Tips!
Summer temperatures in Bangalore this year are set to touch the 40 degree mark! With dwindling green cover and global warming Bangalore will see one of the hottest summers this year in 2019. Animals, unlike humans, tend to suffer a lot more. It’s really important to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sun burns and foot pad burns in pet dogs. Here are some handy tips on taking care of your dog this summer in Bangalore. Don’t let Bangalore’s soaring temperatures get to your pet or to you!
Heat Exhaustion/Heat Stroke in Dogs: Warning Signs
- Heavy Panting
- Heavy Drooling
- Breathing difficulties
- Increased heart beat
Heatstroke is an emergency and it is really important that you take your dog to a vet as soon as possible. If you want more information on caring for your dog during a heatstroke do look at these websites: RSPCA and Blue Cross for Pets
If you want to read more about which dog breeds are more likely to get a heatstroke you can head to Vetted.
Dog Care Tips: Prevent Heatstroke This Summer in Bangalore
Dog Care Tip 1: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Keep cool water around for your dog that is accessible. Carry water for your dog when you take her/him for a walk. Spray your dog with water – Have fun! If you can invest in a small pool that your dog can use to cool off. Use water as much as possible to keep your dog cool this summer.
Dog Care Tip 2: Limit Exercise
Dogs sweat through their noses and their paws. Some dog breeds with flat noses like pugs, dogs who are older or overweight can end up with heatstroke with just a bit of running around. Make sure that their run around time is limited.
Protect your dog by walking them either in the early mornings or late evenings in order to minimise the impact of the heat. And remember Tip #1 Carry water for your dog. If you find that your dog is panting give them water.
Dog Care Tip 3: Never Ever Leave Your Dog in the Car
Temperatures in cars rise within minutes putting your dog in acute distress and danger. Even with the windows rolled down this is a ticking time bomb. It is important that you make sure to take your dog when you leave your car and if you cannot then leave your dog at home.
Dog Care Tip 4: Get a Deshedding Treatment
A deshedding treatment at a pet grooming parlour is one of the ways of keeping your dog cool this summer. Some dog breeds that have double coats like the husky should never have their hair trimmed or shaved. It’s important though to have them deshedded. Deshedding is a grooming method which removes all the dead hair that generally leads to matts/tangles/knots in dog fur making it clumpy and painful. Having a deshedding treatment keeps the fur light and your dog cool. Book an appointment at your dog’s favourite pet spa and Bangalore summer heat will be a breeze!
Do take a look at Pawpad’s Deshedding Service for Dogs
Dog Care Tip 5: Get A Haircut
One of the times that we humans tend to hit hair salons is in the summers driven by the constant thought “I want to chop my hair off NOW!!”. So as a pet parent imagine what it must be like to carry around all that long hair in this summer heat!
Schedule a haircut with your pet groomer. Some breeds should not have their hair trimmed, cut or shaven. But most breeds benefit from a good haircut. Check with your groomer about what would be best for your dog.
Take a look at Pawpad’s dog grooming services that include haircuts.
Dog Care Tip 6: Make Some Ice Treats for Your Dog!
We’re off treating ourselves to yummy yummy ice-cream with a perfectly good excuse of summer heat. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to treat our loved ones to some ice treats as well? If you’ve seen a dog play with an ice cube during the summer it is a sight you will not want to have missed ever. So do head off here to this wonderful blog post for DIY Summer Treats. Send us pictures!
Note: Please do check with your vet about giving your dog ice treats as some breeds may have uncomfortable reactions.
That’s the end of our dog care tips. For those of you whose hearts melt for street dogs do leave water around that is accessible for them. Remember to change the water regularly. You will be thanked with all the love possible!!
If you have any more dog care tips on how to keep your dog cool this summer in Bangalore please do leave them in the comment section. And let us know how you and your pet are getting along this Bangalore summer. Stay Cool! Stay Safe!!