Polish Lowland Sheepdog - pons - pon the dog
Keep Your PONS Cool this Summer
Experienced PON owners know that fresh water is the most important thing you can provide a PON, but it is important to remind owners that the breed will require even more water during the summer. This is particularly important when showing. Water bowls should be filled and refilled as necessary during the day.
Owners should consider purchasing a children's pool which can offer PONS great fun without the risks of rivers and oceans. These days, new products on the market help your PON cool down and are safe for camping. Cooling mats, for example, may be filled with water and placed in a shady area to help your PON relax. Alternatively or you can use a cooling wrap for the neck. Order dog supply catalogues or google canine supply sites to research further. Early morning or late evenings are the best times for water play.
Playing with your PON always is great for exercise and sociability, but in the summer, aim for early morning or early evening playtime. Avoid afternoons which are the hottest part of the day..
If you take your PON for a walk, bring along water as well as water for yourself, Consider a collapsible bowl for pouring water, or use an attachment for your water bottle that allows your PON to drink. The Handi-Drink Instant Dog Drinker, for instance, is a portable water bottle and drinker in one and can be found at retailers such as Petco.
Regardless of time of day, avoid overdoing the play and exercise times. Keep it to a minimum. Your PON will tell you when he/she is becoming hot and tired by panting and laying down.
Together with water, PONS need to have access to shade at all times, especially if they are show dogs.If you wish to make them more comfortable, you could always put a fan out for them. However, make sure they can't hurt themselves with the fan or chew on its chord.Crated PONS at shows can also be made more comfortable with the help of snap-on fans which can attach to front of the crate to help circulate air.
Panting is one of the main ways dogs get rid of excess heat, but when overheated, the panting will be more heavy and frantic. A dog's gums, which normally are a salmon pink shade, will sometimes turn brick red when overheated. If you notice anything like these symptoms, call your vet as soon as possible. Cooling a PON down too quickly can have detrimental effects. Hose your PON down with water, but don't submerge it in a cold water or ice bath. Quickly get it in the car and to the vet.
Additional ways to help keep your dog from becoming overheated include cleaning and trimming its coat, which acts as an insulator from both cold and heat, and keeping the hair clear of mats. Be careful to protect your dog from fleas and ticks, keeping it medicated and spraying the yard and house with organic bug spray that isn't harmful to pets or humans.
Most important, avoid leaving them in a vehicle in the heat of the summer or anytime.