Your Pet Dog’s Days of Summer

There is a reason that the phrase ‘dog days’ is synonymous with summer. A great time to enjoy your pet pooch, summer is also perfect for keeping cool at home, travel or time outdoors. There are a few things to keep in mind when you begin to see your pet dog start to pant.

Panting

Your dog does not have the same amount of sweat glands as you do and the mechanism of panting does get rid of heat in excess. Even if your pet starts to pant excessively, this does not mean that he is feeling any sort of discomfort. All it means is that he is kept cool by his internal mechanism. The shallower and the faster the panting happens to be, the more heat your dog’s body is attempting to release. 

Thunderstorms

Dryer sheets do help with phobias that have to do with thunderstorms. In a pet, thunderstorm anxiety is not about the flashing sound and light, but rather a build-up of electricity that is static on their fur. Rub dryer sheets on their fur to get rid of static.

Obedience Off the Leash

Summer is mainly for free romps in the garden, which is a good reason that your pooch needs to obey any command you give him. One training type that you might want to look into is a class called ‘attention.’ Even if your dog is obedient while indoors, he may feel like once he is outside, the rules of the game have changed. When you enrol him in a class entitled ‘attention,’ two months are spent getting your dog to focus with the use of one commanding word. This works great for people whose pets are usually indoors.

Create a Cool Den

To help your dog cool down, there are a few ideas to help your dog become relieved from heat. In a kiddie pool, replace the water with ice, put a fan by the kennel and let them enjoy some cool air.

Dogs with a Flat Face


Flat-faced dogs have a more difficult time panting and breathing. One good idea would be to put an ice cube or two into one tube sock and wrap this loosely around their neck. 

Steven Perissinotto is a passionate pet lover and a pet health professional. Since establishing Vet Shop Online with his veterinary surgeon brother in 1999, Steven has helped establish the business in to one of the world's leading online retailer of frontline plus cats.

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