As the Summer weather kicks in the natural tendency for us humans can be to get everyone up and out of the house, Pugs included. While spending more time outdoors can be a great source of exercise and fun for all involved, it’s essential to be wary of heat exhaustion with your Pug.
1. Beat the Sun
Pugs are smarter than we give them credit for, and prefer staying at home and laying on cool surfaces (like your tiled kitchen floor) in the heat of the day, Save your outdoor time with your Pug for early in the morning or in the evening once the sun has set. By taking your daily walk, run or visit to the park either before or after the sun is at its hottest, the air will be easier for your Pug to breathe and the ground will be cooler on the pads of their paws. If you do find yourself out in midday heat with your Pug make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight or give them a shady place to get out of the sun. Remember, your Pugs don’t wear shoes, so the pads of their paws can be burned walking across particularly hot sand or footpaths & roads. If it’s extremely warm, keep them indoors as much as possible.
2. Don’t Leave your Pug in the Car
“The classic mistake for owners is leaving a Pug in a closed car on a sunny warm day when the temperature in your car can rapidly climb. As much as your Pug may love riding in the car or spending time with you, if it’s hot out and there’s a chance they’ll be uncomfortable the best thing to do is leave them at home. Panting takes more exertion than sweating and can bring your Pug to respiratory distress faster than you think, Avoid any potential issue by keeping them safe and cool at home.
3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
In addition to overheating, Pugs can get dehydrated quickly, so you’ll want to make plenty of fresh water available to them. Panting is effective in allowing Pugs to cool down because it helps evaporate fluids from the respiratory tract, Help replace these fluids and prevent dehydration by leaving out water throughout the day, particularly when your pet has spent time outside in the heat. A good way to keep your pugs water cool is placing ice cubes in their water bowl.
4. Take a Dip
Because your Pug is brachycephalic breed — or has a flat-shaped face — they cannot pant as effectively and are more susceptible to heat stroke. Be especially careful in hot weather and keep plenty of cool water on hand, In particular Pugs which are elderly or overweight should be kept in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible in the heat. A small paddle pool with fresh clean water placed in a shaded area is a great way to give your Pug another way of keeping cool in the summer heat & can be a lot of fun too.
Important : If at any stage you are concerned your Pug is suffering Heat Exhaustion contact your Vet immediately.