how to protect against heat stroke in dogs
05-05-223 mins read
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The heat is beginning to roll in where we are – which means it's time for our yearly reminder that you need to be extra vigilant when it comes to your dog's health.
Pet Safety

We’ve already told you what to do if your dog has a heat stroke. Now we’ve put together some simple steps you can take to proactively shield your dog from overheating this season.

And as a bonus, we list out why a Gunner Kennel is your best option when crating because the G1™ works for your dog in the heat too. Read on. 

Ten Tips To Keep Your Dog From Overheating

Photo by: J.J. Gustafson

1. Obviously the number one rule is to keep your dog hydrated with clean water, it’s a no brainer. On road trips stop regularly to make sure your pet has enough water, or bring along a collapsible bowl. Be sure to keep it fresh — some dogs won’t drink something that’s been stagnant for long, and cooler water can help.

2. Do not leave your dog inside the car without good and proper airflow (and no that doesn’t mean a cracked window). Even in the shade, a car can be 10, 20, even 30 degrees hotter than it is outside: the sun coming through the glass can act like a cooker.  *We can’t believe we need to say this but… don’t put your kids in a kennel

3. If you’re leaving your dog outside, always make sure you provide shade for your dog, and show your dog where his/her (non-glass) water bowl is in that shade. Some breeds may be more susceptible to heat exhaustion – owners of pugs, boxers, bulldogs, and even Cavalier King Charles Spaniel should be extra cautious. A good rule of thumb is to never tie your dog up anywhere for prolonged periods, but definitely never in the summer and/or blazing sun. 

4. There was information flying around a few years ago that ice is bad for your dog. Not true. Adding a few cubes – being mindful of the size so it’s not a choking hazard – only helps cool your pet down. On road trips, a couple frozen water bottles in the crate (if your dog doesn’t chew) isn’t a bad idea either.

5. Applying rubbing alcohol on your dog’s pads helps bring their temperature down. It cools as it evaporates, acting as a body cooling agent. It's a great item to pack in your car as a backup for more severe situations. Ice packs under the armpits also works, if you have a freezer stocked nearby.

6. Exercise your dog in the early morning or evening hours. Dogs cool off primarily through panting, not perspiring, so it takes longer to bring their temperature down than it does yours. 

7. If your dog has the capability to swim, it’s the best way to exercise in the heat. However, be mindful of putting a wet dog in a confined, humid environment (read: hot kennel) as this can put them at greater risk for heat stroke. 

8. Watch out for hot pavement. In the summer months it can badly burn your dog’s paw pads, and it’s a heightened source of heat. If you can’t leave your bare foot on the asphalt for longer than 10 seconds (just our recommendation… use your best judgment here), consider taking the dog out when it’s cooler.

9. Keeping your dog groomed and un-matted can help its natural cooling system. Check with your trainer or your vet before shaving your dog. Coats can also offer a barrier between biting bugs, mosquitos and the sun — plus the undercoat of double-coated dogs actually helps with air flow across their skin, so shaving often is not the best answer. 

10. Finally, monitor your dog’s temperature when traveling if you are worried. Consider installing a wireless temperature sensor on the interior top of the crate that allows you to monitor the crate temperature on long trips. A good rule of thumb when measuring your dog’s temperature is that it shouldn’t be allowed to get over 104 degrees. See more heatstroke signs to watch for here.

Do you have additional tips for keeping your dog cool during the summer? Comment below to let us know.

5 Ways Gunner Kennels Protects In Heat

1. Proper ventilation and airflow was a major consideration when the G1™ was in development. More on that R&D process here.

2. Our kennel is double-wall rotomolded, and that extra layer of material actually helps block additional UV rays and humidity.

3. The rubber feet on our crates raises it off the ground, limiting heat transmission from surfaces like pavement and truck beds.

4. We conducted temperature tests on a hot day last summer using our kennel, and others crates in the market. Results are pretty incredible. See the video here.

BONUS Our G1™ Fan Kit and Fan Kit 2.0 accessories make sure you’ve got proper airflow.

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GUNNER strap sets are the only ones that we recommend, and have met each of the brand’s crash test standards. They are the straps that the Center For Pet Safety recommends using when anchoring your crate to your vehicle for 5 Star Crash Test certified safety.

Our new & improved tie-downs are made with an extra-thick custom cam buckle for additional break strength and a synthetic material that ensures you can leave these out 24/7: better guarding against fading and stretching, and perfect for high abrasion environments.

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