Keep Your Dog Cool With Water and More

Surviving the “Dog Days” of Summer

* HVK does not make any claim to be a veterinarian. If you suspect your dog to be overheating, you should consult with a licensed veterinarian immediately.

Quento vom Glucklichen Tal in shade staying cool and out of the son with access to lots of cool water.Simply sitting at home can become an arduous task when the temperature is 114-degrees Fahrenheit with humidity at 80%. (Thank you, wonderful Nashville, Tennessee weather.) Cooling off is no easy feat. Drinking one glass of water won’t take care of the problem either. If you think you have it rough, do not forget about your dog! Our pets are unable to strip layers or turn on the air conditioning. It is up to you to recognize when your german shepherd dog nashville resident, is stressed out by the heat.

Any good dog owner or german shepherd breeder in Nashville, should follow these steps to keep their pups cool, healthy, and happy.

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Berlin vom Glucklich Tal 2012 Vice Seiger walking in creek to cool offWatch for Heat Stress

If you think you are too warm, your dog has it worse! Dogs naturally have a higher internal body temperature than humans. (Their 102.5◦F versus our 98.6◦F.) While we both are able to thermoregulate, dogs cannot sweat, which is humans’ natural cooling system. Pooches must cool off in other ways, such as:

  • • Laying on cooler surfaces, such and tiled, wooden, and laminated flooring
    • Laying against a window
    • Laying where there is cooler airflow
    • Jumping into a pool
    • Panting

Panting is the clearest indicator that your dog is overheated. As a dog takes quick, shallow breaths with their tongue hanging out, water evaporates from their oral cavity. This is one of a dog’s only methods to cool down its own body. Ironically, as panting is a physical behavior, it can lead to a dog becoming stressed and their body temperature rising.

If your dog does not stop panting after a short while, they may be experiencing heat exhaustion. Check the temperature of their ears and paw pads. These body parts should cool down as your dog does.

Ajax in the shadeKeep them Cool

What do you normally do when it is too hot to function outside? You will typically relax in some shade, in a cool pool, or indoors with air conditioning. You should treat your dog to the same conditions you would treat yourself! Remember to:

  • • Provide your dog shade
    • Provide your dog with a fan or air conditioning
    • Provide them with plenty to drink
    • Not over exercise your dog
    • Not confine them in too-warm environments (such as cars)

Nina in front of a fan.Keep Them Hydrated With Water

Water sustains life and is good for the soul and body. On a daily basis, dogs should drink 1 ounce of fluids for every pound they weigh. When it is hot outside, dogs should be drinking even more, or else they may suffer severe dehydration. Attend to your dog with a constant supply of fluids.
Letting your dog cool off in the pool, by a sprinkler, or with a hose is also an excellent idea. However, do not douse them with cold water. This will be detrimental to their internal thermoregulation and cause rapid illness.

Ajax being hosed offWhen cooling down a dog you suspect is overheating or has overheated, apply water to the feet and legs (extremities) this allows the blood to cool then flow to the vital organ keeping from shocking the dog’s system.

Be a Loving Owner

Every german shepherd breeder in Nashville needs to be well-informed about their pets’ bodies and needs. Keeping your german shepherd dog nashville resident, safe and healthy is the most loving act you can dote on them.

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