Small dogs find it more difficult than larger dogs to cool themselves down. This week has been the hottest since we got Elvis in February, so I wanted to share how we dealt with it, to help others.
Elvis loves going for walks in dry weather. Earlier this week I took him for a ten minute walk in the sunshine then sat on our usual bench for a while. He was panting with his tongue out, and looking at me. He never pants, so I knew I had to take him home for water. When we got home, he didn’t drink very much, so I got a small bowl of water and brought that over to the sofa with me. He drank lots of that, and soon got back to his happy self. All week, we’ve kept a drink for Elvis on the coffee table, and offer it to him regularly. That’s in addition to his usual water bowl in the kitchen.
Protecting dog paws on hot pavements
We’ve learned to be careful about letting him walk on hot pavements. If the pavement feels too hot for a human to comfortably touch, then it will burn a dogs paws. England isn’t at that stage yet, but we know to be aware of it.
What to do if your chi overheats
I’ve read up on what to do if your dog does overheat. A symptom of being too hot, as well as panting, is vomiting and shaking. They might lick cold things to try and cool down. Take them out of the sun immediately and give them plenty cold water, and dip their paws in cold water, so that it gets to his nervous system quickly. If that doesn’t help, soak them in a wet cold towel and take them straight to the vet, it’s not worth taking any risks. Be safe everyone!
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