The dog carrier backpacks by TARIGS accompany you 365 days a year. They are equipped with air holes or window(s). This provides sufficient ventilation for your dog. However, on hot summer days, it will not be colder inside the dog carrier backpack than outside. Regardless of the material. Therefore, please follow the “rules” that apply on warm days. In summer and on hot days you must keep your dog cool. This will reduce the risk of your dog suffering from heat stroke. In addition, you can avoid that your dog burns his paws on the sidewalk. That’s why you need to prepare well and plan ahead. With a few tips you will be ready for a summertime dog carrier backpack trip with your dog.

Important: You know your dog best. Some dogs (breeds) are particularly sensitive to heat. For some dogs it is better to stay at home. Also, not all tours are suitable for hot summer days.

Summertime Dog Carrier Backpack

Summer hike

What to consider for a successful summertime dog carrier backpack hike and city trip? Warm is relative. You know best when it is too warm for your dog. Then it is best to stay at home.

Choose routes that offer sufficient shade. It is best to run in the forest and avoid direct sunlight. Always have enough water for you and your dog. Wind and water are a welcome change. Make sure you have enough breaks.

Also, it stays light longer in the summer. Take advantage of the early and late hours of the day and schedule your trips in the morning and evening.

What is your tip for the summer?

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Hot days

Especially dogs with short muzzles, old and sick animals can quickly overheat on warm summer days. So that your dog does not get too warm in the summer, there are several tips.

  1. Avoid direct sun and encourage your dog to stay out of the sun.
  2. Cooling mats or damp towels under the dog will provide cooling.
  3. Do not cover your dog with a wet towel for extended periods of time. This could cause a buildup of heat.
  4. Never leave your dog in the car (conservatories, outbuildings or caravans). Even with the windows open and in the shade, it gets warm very quickly in the car.
  5. Your dog should always have access to fresh water, even on the road.
  6. You can put ice cubes in the water bowl or yummy ice treats. This is a great way to keep your dog cool.
  7. Avoid the midday sun and take your dog for a walk in the morning and evening.
  8. Train with your dog new tricks / intelligence games, so your dog doesn’t have to walk around.
  9. Go swimming with your dog. However, do not force your dog into the water or throw him in.
  10. Pay attention to proper grooming (depending on the breed of dog). Short shearing of the dog’s coat is not always the solution.
  11. Especially dogs with thin or light fur can get sunburn. Special sunscreen for dogs will protect.
  12. Hot surfaces such as sand or asphalt can severely injure your dog’s foot pads.
  13. Keep your dog healthy and fit throughout the year. This usually helps him cope better with hot days.

Heat stroke

Heat stroke occurs when a dog cannot lower its body temperature. This can be lethal. Signs of heat stroke are:

  • Heavy breathing
  • Glassy eyes
  • A rapid pulse
  • Excessive salivation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of consciousness

If you think your dog has heat stroke, you need to act quickly. Take your dog to a cool, shady place. Give him lukewarm water to drink (not cold!) and cool the soles of his feet, head, neck and chest with a cool, wet towel. You can also place your dog on a cold towel. Also, contact your veterinarian or a veterinary clinic immediately.