Summer means going outside with your family members, friends, and your dogs. For those who have dogs like Pomeranian who are planning to bring them outside but wondering about the allowed temperature for the dogs, here is the information for you.
What is the temperature that is too hot for Pomeranians?
The body temperature of a Pomeranian should be near 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is under 99 or more than 103, it means it is not good and you should care about it. The temperature above that, even three degrees, means overheating.
Pomeranians and the risk of overheating
Every Pomeranian owner should keep an eye on the temperature when they are planning to take them outside whether it is a picnic, a walk, or a visit to someone’s place. Pomeranians can get overheated because they have long hair. This kind of case usually happens in the warmer climates. It does not matter where you live, the risk of overheating is always there even sometimes you have no idea about it.
Pomeranians are blessed with thick and double coats and some people might think that it is a good idea to shave the coats in the hot weather. If you have the same thought, then you are also wrong. In fact, the coats that the Pomeranians have can work as a cooling system that are helpful to keep the heat out. if you shave the coats, your Pomeranian will not get the benefit from it.
Instead of shaving the Pomeranian coats, you are recommended to clean and tidy up them. For those living in the places with the extreme hot temperature, you can do a regular grooming routine to help the body temperature of the pet down. First of all, you will need to brush the Pomeranian regularly. Everything needs to be tidied up to prevent the coat from tangling and laying flat. It is really effective to help the natural cooling system of the Pomeranian to work well.
You should pay extra attention to your Pomeranian in the warm months. If you need to go outside and leave them alone in your house, make sure to make the playpen to not be under the sun all day long. Even if there is AC in your place, the sun’s rays might still make your Pomeranian overheat. Aside from that, it is also needed for you to provide plenty of water when you go out.
Overheating might also happen when you put your Pomeranian in a car. When the summer comes, do not ever try to take your Pomeranian with you in your car or leave them alone in the car as it can be fatal due to the risk of overheating. Take a note that small breeds like Pomeranians are different compared to the big dogs that can tolerate the heat.
When you are outside for something like exercising, please always take your time to check out your Pomeranian. They will pant. If it gets too much and you see the excessive drool, it might be the signs of overheating. In this case, the thing that you should do immediately is to stop the exercise and let them rest. Do not forget to also check their temperature. As stated earlier, the body temperature of a Pomeranian should be near 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is under 99 or more than 103, it means it is not good and you should care about it. The temperature above that, even three degrees, means overheating.
To check the temperature of your Pomeranian, you can use the “ear” thermometer. If you manage to get the situation before they get overheated, it is easy to cool them down. In order to make them cool, you can mist them with the cool water. Then, wrap them in the wet towel. Lastly, give them food such as ice chips.
The Pomeranians might show some serious signs of overheating, which include discolored gums, disorientation, diarrhea or vomiting. In case these signs arise even after you give the precautions to make them cool down, you are encouraged to take them to the vet immediately.
Dogs and hot weather
In general, most dogs will probably be fine in the warm temperatures up to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit as long as there is enough water, air circulation and shade. As you probably know, dogs do not sweat and they usually pant to cool themselves. If the weather gets too hot and too humid, panting will not be helpful. Besides, the self cooling ability depends on the dog. Brachycephalic dog breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs have no ability to cool themselves with panting. In addition, the ones that are originally from the cold climates like Malamutes, Huskies, Newfoundlands, and Samoyeds cannot really tolerate the heat and they usually have a hard time adjusting to the hot weather.
There are a few ways that you can try to keep the temperatures of your dogs down. Cooling dog beds are good for both indoor and outdoor dogs. The outdoor dogs would love to play in the pool or in the tub with cool water. It might also be a good idea to get the chilled treats to keep them cool. It is really important to make an observation in what to do during the warm months. You should check out if they act distressed or if they are excessively panting. If it is the case, it is better for you to adjust everything or to move them to a cooler place. In case there is any sign of heat stroke or some other illness, do not waste your time and just call the vet as soon as possible. Please take note of all the tips and tricks to keep them cool even in the hot weather. If you have a hard time, do not hesitate to join the community of the dogs and discuss with the members of the community about such things.