How To Protect Your Pet From Summer Heat

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Water Before Food

Every summer is the same, high temperatures are being really hard on our pets. In attempt to make their days bit easier, we give you few short tips on how to treat your pet during the hot summer days.

Always fresh water – it is recommended to change it couple times a day, every time it gets warm or even mild. Drinking enough water is important as much as eating properly.

How much water is necessary on daily basis? It is not enough just to leave bowl of water for the pet, thinking that it will drink just enough. Tracking water intake of your pet can help you to improve its health, prevent diseases and provide enough hydration. Proper dosage of water depends not only on the weather conditions but also on its size, age, food, activity, medications. Healthy dog in average needs about 60 ml of water per kilogram of his weight on a daily basis.

The type of food that dog eats also affects its daily needs for water, meaning that if they eat only dry food, more liquid will be necessary compared to those dogs who eat canned food.


Pets should drink half cup of the water every two hours. Bear in mind that if the dog does not drink enough of water or drinks it too much, it can be sign of some illness and you should ask your vet’s advice.

When to go for a walk? If it is possible, try to avoid the warmest parts of a day. Take your pets out early in the morning while the temperatures are not too high, and in the evening when it starts to cool down. Take the water with you even for a short walks. No matter if you headed for short or long walk, take a bottle of water with you, not just for you but for your pet as well.

Don’t leave your dog in the car

Owners often “forget” and leave their pet in the middle of the summer in their car, “just for a moment”, while they do their choirs, and that can turn into deadly trap for the pet. Temperature inside of a car rises faster than you think. If car is in the sun and its 25 degrees Celsius outside, in just couple of minutes temperature will hit 40 in your car.

And if it is warmer outside like 35 degrees Celsius, inside of a vehicle the temperature will rise up to 50 degrees Celsius. Consequences can be catastrophic. Animal can even die from heat stroke. One of the consequences is also brain damage that can occur after ten minutes of being exposed to high temperatures.