The arrival ofsummer is near, longer and longer days, sun and high temperatures characterize the summer. Although after a long winter it is pleasant to enjoy the summer weather in the company of ours dog, we have to take some precautions allow him to better enjoy this part of the year.
We know that dogs are mammals homeotherms, that is, they can keep the constant body temperature depending on the climate. Our four-legged friend is able to tolerate external variations without becoming hypothermic or feverish.
Despite this, we must take the right precautions to avoid him having problems during hard times winter temperatures or the particularly sultry days typical of summer.
While we manage to face the heat through the sweating which allows the skin to disperse heat, moles canIsle sweat glands are localized. In fact, they are found only on the plantar and palmar pads and on the pads of the fingers. The evaporation of sweat which leads to a rebalancing of the temperature in our body, in dogs is limited in paws area and therefore the rest of the body does not benefit from it.
Dogs protect themselves from the heat thanks to nasal cavity. Inside there are some bone lamellae coated with a constantly moist membrane thanks to the gland secretion. The inhaled air is vaporized by these blades and cools the nose, in this way yes refreshes the blood circulating in the superficial blood vessels, cooling the dog.
When it does particularly hot, our hound clears the air through the mouth. This flows on language evaporating as it passes. In this way it cools and consequently also the blood. The dog, in these days, tends to pant a lot more, creating one dispersion of liquids and energy which must be replenished by giving him often to drink to avoid dehydration.
To protect our dogs from summer heat it is good to follow some rules. The most important is that of always provide him with water. So better fill it often with the fresh one.
If dogs live outdoors, make sure they can have it access to shaded areas at any time of the day.
On particularly hot days better limit physical exercise and avoid doing it run. Although it is important to keep ours trained dogIt is best to do this gradually for limited periods of time. Better to do the training in the early hours of the day and always have a bottle of water with them from which they can drink when resting in the shade.
In case we want to go for a walk, it is good to smear the extremities and especially the nose and ears with the sunscreen because he could get burned.
The heat also involves the arrival of fleas e ticks, so after each exit better controllare in depth The hair to avoid the presence of annoying and dangerous animals.
If despite all these precautions our dog assumes a strange behavior, breathe fast and can't stay in equilibrium on the paws you have to take it to a cool place and contact a veterinarian immediately.
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