With the weather heating up, it is time to put in some action plans for keeping your pug cool this summer. But first, let me tell you a bit about how pugs keep themselves cool naturally. A pug’s coat is important in helping them to keep cool. Their coat helps to prevent their skin from being burnt and it also absorbs heat from the sun. Pugs cool themselves through panting as well. And since they are brachycephalic, their panting to cool themselves can cause some stress. So it is so important that we do everything we can to help keep them cool since they don’t have it as easy as most other dogs do. Here are some tips on how to keep your pug cool this summer.
Keep them indoors
Where it is possible, try to keep pugs indoors and with fans or air-conditioning going to keep the place cool. This will help to keep them much cooler than being outside in the heat.
Provide adequate shade
If you can’t keep your pug indoors during hot weather, make sure there is adequate shade at all times of the day for them to escape from the sun. It is also a good idea if you are going out and about during hot weather that there is plenty of shade where you are going. A pug in full sun will cause a lot of stress for them.
Plenty of water
Make sure there is fresh water for your pug everyday and plenty of it to help keep them hydrated. Try adding ice cubes to the water to make it cool and refreshing for your pug. You could also buy a water fountain style water bowl that continuously provides clean and fresh water. Also the sound of the flow of water is supposed to make your pug want to drink more. Check out these pet fountains from Petbarn.
Have a pug pool
Cooling off in water is always good whether you are a human or a dog. If you have a pool, going for a swim with your pug will be a great way to stay cool and a swim is always a good form of exercise in summer instead of going for walks. If you don’t have a pool, a clam shell kids pool is a cheap but great option. Fill it enough that you pug can cool off but won’t potentially drown in it. You can pick up clam shells from your local hardware or department store.
Never leave them in a hot car
Did you know that it only takes 6 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car? Sounds like a perfect reason to never leave your pug in a hot car. After just 5 minutes a car’s inside temperature can get to over 50ºC when it is 32.5ºC outside. Imagine what the temperature would get to when it hits over 40ºC as it is quite common in Australia. So the easiest thing to do is not to leave them in the car on a hot day, not even with the window open or the car parked in the share. To read more about this issue, check out the RSPCA NSW website.
Invest in cooling products
One thing that is really worth the extra money is buying a few different pieces of cooling products. They will all help to keep your pug cool. Cooling mats are fantastic to have inside for your pug to lay on. Cooling bandanas and neck ties will make a huge different to help cool them especially when they are panting a lot. These are great for when you are out and about as well. There are many great cooling products. Check out more in the 7 Products to Keep Your Pug Cool this Summer article.
- Bonus tips:
Give your pug delicious and refreshing fruits like watermelon and berries. Read more here
- Make up ice blocks that are great for rehydration. Check out this great eBook of Frozen Treats from Pretty Fluffy
- Only go for walks at the coolest time of day and only walk on the grass. Avoid hot pavements and roads as this will burn your pugs paw pads
- Look for signs of overheating such as panting, lameness, stumbling, vomiting and more
- Remember that black pugs will get hotter quicker than fawn pugs
What ways will you keep your pug cool this summer? Do you have another tip to keep them cool that you would like to share? Leave a comment below.