Caring for Your Rottweiler in the Heat

Why you might love the summer and the warm weather it brings, your dog is bound to be less of a fan. Even though your Rottweiler has a fairly thin coat, he's still got an extra layer to keep the heat trapped in. What's more, dogs can only sweat from the pads of their paws and through their tongues (which is why they pant when they're hot) so they can't lower their body temperature quickly should they get overheated. It's not too hard to keep your dog comfortable and avoid him getting heatstroke during the summer, but it does require a little effort and attention.

Be Careful With Exercise

Your pooch might love walking, but you have to be more cautious when exercising in the heat. If your rotty loves to run and play, he won't stop doing so just because he's too hot. As a result, he could overexert himself and even end up with heat stroke. When it's hot outside, it's best to limit your walks to early in the morning and late in the evening, when the temperature's at its lowest. Always bring out a bottle of water and a dish when you're out walking in the summer, just in case you dog gets thirsty or needs to cool down.

Hydrate Your Hound

Keeping your dog hydrated in the heat is of vital importance. If your dog drinks too little, he could become dehydrated, which can potentially lead to more serious health issues. Water will also help him to cool down. Ensure that there's always a supply of cool, fresh water for him to drink and that you leave an extra bowl if you're going out for more than an hour or two. Another idea to keep your pooch cool and hydrated is to give him some ice cubes to chew on.

Keep Him Out of the Sun

It's important that your dog stays in shaded areas, especially in the hottest parts of the day. Keep your Rottweiler inside, where it's coolest. Drawing your curtains or pulling down the shades can help to keep the temperature down in your house. Make sure you put your air conditioning on – if you have it – when the house is getting too warm and leave it on for your pup even if you're not going to be home.

Don't Take Him Out in the Car

It's best to keep your rotty at home in the hotter months, avoiding taking him in the car unless it's completely necessary. If you do have to take him on a car journey, never leave him in a parked car, even if you have the windows cracked. The inside of a parked car is far hotter than the ambient temperature outside and rises rapidly. Even on a day when the temperature reaches 85 Fahrenheit – which isn't exceptionally hot for some parts of the United States – it only takes half and hour for it to reach 120 F inside your car. These kinds of temperatures will kill your dog.

Heat Stroke Information

Even if you do your best to keep your Rottweiler safe in the heat, there's still a chance that he could get heatstroke. If you act quickly, it's likely that your dog will make a full recovery so it's important that you know the signs and look out for them. A dog with heatstroke may have bloody vomit or diarrhea, glassy eyes or breathing difficulties, he may be acting listless or depressed, or be panting more than usual. The first thing you need to do if you suspect he has heat stroke is try to cool him down. Wet some towels with cool water and wrap them around his body, spray cool water on him, or blow a fan in his direction. Take him to see the nearest vet right away.

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