Summer is here! Surely, you are excited to pack your things, ride your car and head to the beach. But before we rejoice the arrival of the hot season, we should remember the harmful effects that it may have on the health of your Shih Tzu. As we all know, one of the most endearing characteristics of a Shih Tzu is its long and silky coat. However, this quality can be a disadvantage to them come summer time.
Like us, our dogs are also vulnerable to heat-related diseases and injuries like sunburn, foot pad burns and the most common of all—heat stroke. How do you make sure that you dog will not fall a victim to these dreaded diseases? Here are some tips:
- Let him enjoy at a wading pool.
If you want to give your dog a break from the summer heat, let him play at a kiddie pool. Just make sure that you will place the pool in a shaded corner so the water will not get hot easily.
- Make sure he has access to fresh water (with ice, preferably!) 24/7.
Of course, the best way to combat the summer heat is to drink water..lots of it! You may be hesitant to leave a bowl of water when you leave your dog alone for the fear that he will make a big mess out of it. To solve that, you can opt for to install a drinker in his cage or place a drinker in the kitchen area.
- Bring some misters with you.
If your pooch stays outside your home, make sure that they will not get dehydrated by installing some misters. This is the best way to keep them cool even if it is sweltering hot outside. You can buy misters from a home improvement store and it is very easy to install. In fact, it can be a weekend DIY project for you.
- Treat him to a cooling pad.
Since cases of heat-related dog deaths are slightly increasing, the dog care companies have come up with an amazing item that can help them combat the summer heat and that is no other than cooling pads! Just simply put this on the floor so your furry friend can sit or lie on it once the temperature gets so hot.
- Give him a trim.
We know you would not want to say goodbye to your dog’s long, straight and silky hair but you have to let go of it if you want to make sure that your dog will survive the summer heat. That is why you should pay the groomers a visit before the summer comes so you can give your dog the lightweight summer cut that he needs. Do not worry! There are plenty of cuts for you to choose from.
Summer can be fun but the rise in temperature can be a big threat to the health of your dogs. It is up to you to make sure that they are well protected from it.