Today we will discuss avoiding heatstroke and dehydration.
Short faced (brachycephalic) dogs such as bulldogs, pugs and boxers have an especially difficult time breathing in hot weather because they do not pant as effectively as dogs with longer snouts. When the heat and humidity is especially high, it is best to keep these dogs indoors, preferably where there is air conditioning.
Take your dog for walks early in the mornings or later in the evenings when temperatures tend to be more moderate. Limit exercise during the hottest parts of the day. If you are outside with your dog, make sure there is shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Never leave your dog alone outside in the heat and avoid dog houses as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a children’s wading pool with water and let your dog cool off, if this is something he seems to enjoy.
Surprisingly, it is not a good idea to completely shave your dog in the summer. Trimming and brushing is a much more effective (and safer) way to keep your dog cool.