Hello everyone! Summer is here and I congratulate you on this amazing and the most desired season. Although both people and animals love warm weather, sometimes summer kills us with the too hot weather. Therefore, I decided to tell you how does Jack Russell survive heat and how to protect the dog from unpleasant circumstances.
Actually, the dogs of my breed easily stand the hot at least because we have short fur. Jack Russell owners can take their lovely pet to the seashore on vacation and stay calm that everything will be good.
Nevertheless, you should follow some rules to protect your dog from heat:
- Remember about thermoregulation. Never dress your pet in summer.
- Change the schedule of walking. Go out early in the morning or at late evening when the temperature is lower. If your Jack Russell needs to walk in the middle of the day, shorten the time being under the sun.
- Speaking of food, the dog independently regulates the diet, and in most cases refuses to eat which is absolutely OK. Don’t worry if your Jack Russell feels like not eating when it is hot. The only recommendation is to reduce fatty foods and regularly check the products for freshness.
- It is obvious but worth noting. The water must be constantly available. Moreover, it should be changed frequently. If your pet prefers long walks, always take water and a bowl for drinking.
- Reduce physical activity.
I often notice that many dog owners do rude mistakes trying to help their pet. For example:
- Air conditioning 24/7. This device that is supposed to save us from heat can become the worst enemy due to the improper use. Never turn your apartment into the real fridge because your pet risks to catch a cold. It often happens when Jack Russell comes back from walking under the scorching sun and gets under air conditioning with low temperature. The animal’s organism cannot adapt to this contrast so fast.
- Do not spray the dog with cold water immediately after walking, when the animal overheated. You can moisten the paws and stomach or pour a little water in the tub, and let the dog rest there.
- The dog gets rid of heat through breathing, so the muzzle should be comfortable. Also, you can remove it at all.
- Never leave Jack Russell in enclosed spaces in summer (closed glazed balcony, car, etc.) It comes without saying that the circumstances can be awful.