The days are starting to get longer & warmer, if your like us you would be looking forward to spending summer with your Pug or your Pug visitors, it’s important to remember that heat can be deadly for Pugs. Sadly, estimates suggest several hundred dogs pass away from this preventable issue each year, with many more suffering from Heat Stroke.
The good news is you can follow these three tips to make sure your Pug friends stay cool during the summer heat waves.
Tip 1: Never leave a Pug in a parked
A Pug’s normal body temperature is higher than humans’— 38-39.2 degrees C —and their ability to cool their bodies is limited releasing body heat by panting as they cannot sweat like us. As a result, temperatures that are uncomfortable for people can be deadly for dogs. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ll be “back in a minute.” Leave dogs at home if they can’t accompany you, or have an adult or responsible teenager stay in the car so they can run the air conditioning.
If you ever see a dog left alone in a car on a warm day, please notify store employees or animal control right away. Even if the windows are cracked or the air conditioning is on, dogs still can’t keep their bodies from overheating. Remember: Speaking up may save a life!
Tip 2: Watch out for heatstroke
Long, warm days can cause heatstroke in many Pugs.
Some symptoms of heatstroke are:
- heavy panting
- excessive thirst
- glazed eyes
- bloody diarrhea
- lack of coordination
- a deep purple tongue
- loss of consciousness
Keep in mind that a Pug can be suffering heatstroke but show only a few of these symptoms.
If a Pug in your care shows signs of heatstroke, take action immediately:
- Move the Pug to a cool, shady environment and offer a small drink of water. Giving a lot of water at once, or water with an excessive amount of ice, might cause the Pug to vomit, which will add to the risk of dehydration.
- Start lowering the Pug’s body temperature by soaking them in cool water with a wet towel, ice packs, and fans, if available.
- Get the Pug to a veterinarian. If it’s an evening or weekend and the Pug’s regular vet isn’t available, go to the nearest animal emergency hospital, which you can find with this Google search. Even if it seems that the Pug is recovering, they may be dehydrated or experiencing other complications. Veterinarians can continually monitor the dog’s temperature to ensure they make a full recovery.
Certain dogs are at higher risk for heatstroke, such as older dogs, puppies, overweight dogs, and breeds with shorter muzzles, such as pugs, Boston terriers, and bulldogs. These breeds have an especially hard time in the heat because they don’t pant as efficiently as longer-muzzled dogs.
Tip 3: Keep dogs cool and hydrated
To help keep Pugs cool during summer exercise:
- Move walks to the early morning or late evening hours.
- Walk along a shady route.
- Carry a doggie water bottle and collapsible bowl with you for water breaks.
- Avoid asphalt and hot pavement, since it can burn dogs’ paws.
- Use cooling mats in your home & on outings for your Pug to sit on
- Regular Bathing in cool water keeps your pugs skin healthy & smelly great
To help keep Pugs cool at home:
- Make sure your Pug has access to plenty of shade and water when they’re outside.
- If your Pug normally stays outside for long periods of time, move them inside.
- Keep air circulating inside. Air conditioning is better than fans, but you can also open windows to create a nice cross breeze. Or place a bowl of ice right in front of a fan that oscillates.
- Be sure to have plenty of clean, fresh water available in a few different locations in your home. PugLove suggests adding ice to dog bowls to keep the water cool.
- Try these fun frozen treats
- A supervised swim wearing a Pug safety Jacket is a fun way to cool off & great exercise too!
Summer can be a fun time for everyone, including furry friends and family members. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to keep your Pug safe and healthy during those sunny dog days!