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Hot Weather Precautions for Australian Shepherds
If you live in areas where the weather is above 77°F (25°C), you should incorporate ways to keep your dog cool.
Here are some tips to help keep your dog cool in hot weather.
What are the signs of heat stroke in Australian Shepherds?
In the summer months, Australian Shepherds are especially prone to heat stroke if they are too active. Heat stroke, of course, can be deadly if not treated quickly. As a result, it’s important for Australian Shepherd owners to understand the signs and symptoms of heat stroke.
Perhaps the first symptom to appear is excessive panting. As you well know, panting is a way for a dog to cool down. If a dog does a lot of this, it means that it is incredibly hot.
Vegemite is the most common that «aliens» discover and, in most cases, hate! No matter how many people tell you it’s disgusting, you should try it at least once. I guess it’s an acquired taste…
So what is Vegemite? Vegemite is a dark brown paste made from various vegetables, yeast extract, and spice additives. It’s a bit like marmite in the UK, which had the famous love it or hate it advert as they recognized it’s not to everyone’s taste. The most popular way to eat it is on bread or buttered toast. Australians also eat it with avocado, melted cheese or tomato. I’ve tried Vegemite and it doesn’t just look and smell gross, it tastes gross too. I thought it would taste like syrup, but it tastes very salty and not sweet at all. You, however, could be one of the many people who love it.
Tips for keeping your furry friend warm in winter weather:
- Provide your pet with a warm, dry place to relax, either indoors or in a shady area outside free.
- Since cold climates cause dogs to drink less, provide plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
- If your Australian Shepherd will be spending long periods of time outdoors when it’s cold, consider buying him a coat or sweater.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia or frostbite in your dog, such as chills, difficulty walking, or cold ears and feet.
- Keep your Australian Shepherd’s coat in good condition so it can provide adequate insulation in extreme weather. For great tips on how to keep their coat in good condition, read our article -> Everything you need to know about Australian Shepherds and their shedding habits