Hello dogs lover! Today I'm going to tell you something extremely important for the health - and in some cases the safety - of your dog.
So pay close attention, for their sake.
You should know that heat affects dogs differently than it does humans:
Dogs have sweat glands only on their paws, which means they cannot cool themselves by sweating like humans. and this, in some cases, is very dangerous for our furry little friends.
In fact, you have to be careful about some of the signals they give.
Before I tell you the signals, it's important to know the "tricks" dogs use to stay cool.
Dogs have a special way to cool off: panting!
When they pant, the flow of cool air enters their lungs and cools their blood, helping them maintain their core temperature.
Dogs also pant to cool off by walking on cool surfaces, such as tile or concrete floors. In this way, the sweat glands on their paws help dissipate heat and keep their bodies cool.
Now that you know how they do it, let's get to the signals!
Dogs give signals when they need to cool off:
- Licking their lips or tongue frequently
- Breathing heavily or panting abnormally
- Keeping the tongue out of the mouth
- Seeking cool or moist areas
- Drinking more water than usual
It is important for dog owners to pay attention to their pets' signals and help them keep their internal temperature cool, especially during hot days. This may mean providing a shaded area, cool water, or even taking the dog to a pool or river to cool him off.
I hope I have been helpful to you in this article today, I think it is really important.
Did you know about this peculiarity of dogs? If you'd like to let us know in the comments below what you think or if you know of any other peculiarities that might be helpful to other dog lovers!
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