With the sweltering Aussie summer upon us, you may be asking yourself “how hot is too hot for my dog?”. You know when to turn the fan on, crank up the AC and drink more water - so how do you know what’s best for your dog? We’re here to give you five useful tips to recognise and know how to maximise the safety and comfort of your lovely pooch!
1. Their tongue is hanging out.
If your pooch’s tongue is hanging out long and they’re panting excessively, this is a sign that they are trying to regulate their temperature and cool themselves down.
2. They’re searching for tiled surfaces
If they’re spending less time on carpet and searching for cool tiles, this is a sign your pup is overheating and is trying to cool down.
3. Try the hand test.
If you’re not sure if it’s too hot to take your dog on a walk, you can quickly and easily do a hand test. Rest your palm on the surface - whether it’s a path, pavement, concrete and if it’s too uncomfortable to bear for a few minutes, chances are it’s too hot for your pup to handle. You can try taking them for a walk on the grass or in shaded areas instead to keep those paws safe!
4. Check this temperature guide!
The size and breed of your dog will also play a factor, so refer to this table to find out what’s safe!
5. Provide the right environment
Don’t forget that the sun moves across the sky during the day, so you’ll want to make sure your pup has access to plenty of shade and water whether you’re keeping them indoors or outdoors! Consider switching over their bedding to one that is more heat-friendly and breathable, like the Pupnaps Bamboo Calming Bed to keep them extra cool and comfortable.
Follow these five tips the next time it starts to heat up so that you can take good care of your pooch! Their safety and comfort always comes first, and is even more vital during the hotter weather. Remember to protect your dog and make sure you have lots of sun-safe fun over the summer!