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Tips for Keeping Your Pug Safe in Hot Weather

There is no doubt that the Pug is a fun and friendly little breed that anyone would be lucky to have. Unfortunately, these dogs are prone to a number of health problems including anatomical abnormalities which make them particularly sensitive to heat and humidity.

To keep your Pug safe this summer, learn the signs of heat stroke and take to heart some of these simple tips for protecting your Pug in hot weather.

Signs of Heat Stroke in Pugs

The Pug is a brachycephalic breed which means that he has certain anatomical abnormalities which can restrict his breathing. These abnormalities are most likely to cause problems when your Pug becomes overheated, overexcited, or overweight. Heat stroke is a very real risk for dogs like the Pug and the symptoms can come on quickly and escalate to the point of being deadly all within a matter of minutes. To make sure that your Pug doesn’t suffer from heat stroke, take the time to learn the symptoms:

  • Fast, noisy breathing
  • Excessive drooling or panting
  • Dry mouth and nose, pale gums
  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Sunken eyes
  • Staggering or disorientation

At the very first sign of heat stroke, you need to take immediate action to cool your Pug down. The first step is to take your Pug indoors to a cool area, ideally a room with air conditioning. Give your Pug some water to drink (but don’t let him drink too fast) and lay a towel soaked in cool water across his back to help lower his body temperature.

If you have a thermometer, take your dog’s rectal temperature – if it is 104°F or higher you should seek emergency veterinary care. If the temperature is below 104°F, keep doing what you are doing and monitor your dog closely. Once he seems to be recovered, take him to the vet to make sure there aren’t any signs of lasting damage.

Tips for Keeping Your Pug Cool

One of the best things you can do to keep your Pug cool this summer is to make sure that he has unlimited access to fresh water, both inside and outdoors. When your Pug is spending time outdoors, make sure that he has access to shade so he can take a break from the sun if he needs to.

Keep in mind that your Pug may not understand the dangers of heat and humidity so keep a close eye on him during exercise and during playtime in the yard – make sure that he takes breaks to cool down, even if he doesn’t want to. Setting up a sprinkler or a baby pool filled with water are fun ways to give your Pug a cool-down.

In addition to making sure that your Pug has access to water and shade, you may want to think about making him some summer cool-down treats. Fill an ice cube tray with chicken broth and add chunks of fresh fruits and vegetables then freeze them into tasty summer dog treats.

When you go on walks with your Pug during the summer, be sure to bring some water and try to plan your walks for the cooler parts of the day – early morning and late evening. If you must walk your Pug during the heat of the day, try to stay off hot pavement to avoid burning your Pug’s pads and keep your walk short.

Everybody loves the summertime, even your Pug, but the hot summer weather comes with some very real risks for brachycephalic breeds. Take the time to learn the signs of heat stroke and keep in mind the tips provided above to keep your Pug safe and cool this summer.

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