Spare a thought for Dubai’s furrier residents…

We’re about to head into summer where temperatures in Dubai can reach over 50 degrees, and often feel even warmer than that. With that in mind, spare a thought for the pets of Dubai who, unlike you and I, have a harder time keeping cool due to the fact that they don’t release heat by sweating. This leaves them susceptible to dehydration and heatstroke, which can be fatal if not properly treated.

Whether you’re a seasoned pet owner or brand new adopter, we’ve put together a handy list of tips to help you keep your furry friends cool over the summer months, and what to do should they suffer from overheating.

Dogs should only be walked early in the morning or after sunset

This reduces the amount of time they have to spend in the heat. You should also consider shortening the length of the walk and slowing down your pace so as to not exhaust your pet.

Keep pets indoors at all times if possible

If this is not possible, you should avoid letting them outside between noon and 4pm when the sun is at its strongest. Short-nosed dogs such as pugs and bulldogs, and small animals like rabbits and birds find it particularly difficult in extreme heat conditions.

Check for signs of overheating

These can include heavy panting, bloodshot eyes, increased drooling, dizziness and difficulty breathing. If your pet experiences any of these apply an ice pack or a wet towel near their head and neck and take them to a vet immediately, preferably in an airconditioned vehicle.

Make sure your pet has plenty of drinking water

Even better if it’s chilled. You can place an ice pack underneath the water bowl to keep it cooler for longer.

Dogs cool from the bottom up

So be sure to spray your pooches’ paws and stomach when trying to lower its body temperature. A wet towel works best if your dog is laying down on it, rather than on top of its coat.

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You can always accessorise

Pet stores sell specialised boots for cats and dogs to help them walk on hot surfaces like cement and asphalt. You could also invest in an evaporative cooler which can cool your pets more effectively than traditional portable air-conditioning units.

Never leave your pet in a parked car

This is rule is true of all seasons, not just summer, but doubly important when it’s hot outside. Cars retain more heat than an open area, even in the shade, and can lead to your pet dehydrating quickly.

Humidity levels are important

Keep an eye on humidity levels as this can affect your pet’s health. High humidity means moisture will not evaporate as quickly and may cause them to overheat.

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