As we approach the summer months, one of the most common questions from husky owners is how can I cool down my husky? This article will run through the tips you need to know in order to keep your husky happy and cool in hot weather.
How to take care of a husky in hot weather? The 8 best ways to keep your husky cool:
- Avoid the midday sun
- Do not shave their coat
- Watch their paws
- Exercise them at the right time of the day
- Use cooling mats or wet towels
- Keep them hydrated
- Give them space
- Get a doggy paddling pool
Let’s explain everything in full detail below!
8 Ways To Cool Down Your Husky During Summer
1. Avoid The Midday Sun
During the hottest part of the day, typically between 12-4 make sure your husky stays indoors and out of sunny areas.
Keeping your husky inside is okay.
If you have tile flooring, this will be the best surface for your husky to lay on. The cool tiles will help draw out the heat from his body and will dissipate into the floor.
Usually, in hot countries, carpets aren’t a thing to worry about, but if you do have rugs or carpets, don’t allow your husky to lay on them as it will keep him from expelling heat.
If you have windows where the sunlight directly hits, be sure to fit a blind or heat shield to protect against the UV rays. If you don’t already have some blinds, they would be worth the investment and your husky will thank you!
Aircon comes as standard in a lot of hot countries and will prove to be the best way to keep your husky cool.
Try to have at least one room in your house where the temperature is below 20 degrees Celcius. If you do not have aircon then you can opt for a couple of strategically placed fans or even better, a cool-air blower.
2. Do Not Shave or Cut His Coat
NEVER shave, cut or trim your husky’s coat.
Despite having a thick double-layered coat, this actually helps him regulate his body temperature. I have a full article on exactly why you shouldn’t shave a husky right here.
Cutting or shaving your husky’s coat will completely ruin his ability to control his body temperature. He’ll be a great risk of overheating and even heatstroke if you were to shave his coat.
The outer layer of your husky’s coat is known as the “topcoat” which is thick and coarse. This outer layer plays an important role in protecting against harsh UV rays, direct heat, and insects.
3. Watch The Paws
The pads on your husky’s paws are very sensitive to heat and can burn if the pavement is too hot. When you’re outside, try to be conscious of where your husky is walking. Keep him on grass or in the shade as much as possible.
A simple rule to remember is that if the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for his paws.
This also goes for your yard too!
4. Keep Your Husky Hydrated
This one is pretty obvious but should still be stated. Even in cooler climates, your husky should have a big water bowl that is constantly topped up with fresh cold water.
In hot climates, your husky should have an extra-large water bowl, especially if you are leaving him alone for periods of time.
Staying properly hydrated is fundamental for your husky to efficiently regulate his own body temperature. Dehydration will make it extremely difficult for him to keep cool.
If you are out of your house for long periods of time, I strongly recommend hiring someone or have a friend check-up on him, making sure he has water and is comfortable.
Don’t forget! when taking your husky out on walks it’s important to bring water for him. I’ve used one of these in the past and they are fantastic. It’s a portable water bowl that doubles up as a bottle.
5. Use Cooling Beds or Wet Towels
I love cooling beds. They are simple and they work so well. I’ve tried these before and some of my friends have too.
To this day it’s proven to be an instant winner with our furry friends and it’s now their favorite spot to lay, even at night when the temperature has dropped.
One of the best cooling beds on the market is simple, yet effective. Coolaroo has created an affordable, effective cooling bed that your husky can lay on and expel body heat at the same time. It has awesome reviews and the price tag is reasonable. Check it out on Amazon.com.
Alternatively, you could wet some old towels with cold water and lay them outside in the shade for your husky to lay. This DIY option isn’t as mess-free as the cooling bed, but it’s doesn’t cost anything!
6. Exercise at The Right Time
You can’t get away from needing to exercise your husky, his exercise requirements must always be met.
The only way to safely exercise your husky in hot climates is by taking him out early in the morning and later in the evening.
When the sun is low, the temperatures are lower, so only take him out during these times.
Avoid traveling far away from your home if you are on foot. If your nearest park or walking area is far away, take him in the car to avoid him overheating before he has his exercise.
Remember to take a small water bottle and bowl with you to give him a drink while you’re out.
7. Your Husky Needs Space
This is something that hopefully you considered before you got yourself a husky.
Giving him some space to fully layout on the floor, stretch, change positions and fidget if he wants to, will all go towards him feeling more comfortable in hot weather.
If you are out for long periods of time (which, ideally, you shouldn’t be), ensure he has a big area of your home where he can safely stretch and walk around.
If you are keeping your husky in a crate, you should have someone come round frequently to let him out for potty breaks, playtime and to make sure he’s happy.
If you regularly leave the house for hours every day, you may want to check out my article all about leaving your husky at home.
8. Doggy Paddling Pool
This is last on the list for a reason. I understand not everyone’s situation will allow for a paddling pool party but if you do have space and there is not a water shortage in your location then get yourself a doggy paddling pool!
Your husky will love this in the hot weather, he can splash around, have fun, exercise, and keep cool all at the same time.
Just be sure to get one that is designed for dogs as this will have a thicker rubber material than your standard one for children. Your huskies nails will probably pierce a regular paddling pool pretty quickly.
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Can Huskies Live in Hot Countries?
Despite the Siberian husky’s ability to live and thrive in extremely cold weather, they are also capable of living a happy life in hotter, even tropical climates, such as the Philippines (where I am based)
In fact, a surprisingly large number of the Siberian Husky population in the USA live in Texas, Florida, and southern California. So, it can be done!
There are 8 key points that will be covered below to help you best take care of your husky if you are living in a hot or tropical climate.
Remember that your husky will be very adaptable, but you are also responsible and have a duty of care to keep your husky safe and happy.
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Husky Hot Weather FAQ’s
This section will cover some frequently asked questions about huskies in hot weather with a short, concise answer.
⭐ What Temperature Is Too Hot For a Husky?
As long as your husky has plenty of air circulation, access to shade, and cold fresh water he’ll likely be fine up to 32°Celcius (90°Farenheight). Anything above this will start to become too hot and will likely cause illness or heat stroke.
⭐ Can Huskies Live in Texas?
Yes, huskies can live in Texas, despite the notorious heat. In order for your husky to feel comfortable, it’s important for you to assist in keeping him cool. Provide air-conditioned rooms, cooling beds, access to the shade, plenty of air, and ensure he has cold fresh water at all times.
⭐ Will Ice Cool Down My Husky?
Yes! Giving your husky an ice bath is an awesome way to keep him cool in summer. All you need to do is get a large laundry bowl, a few large bags of ice and fill the bowl up! Your husky will be a little hesitant at first but once he figures out what it is, it will be his new favorite place.
If you can give your husky a helping hand by implementing the tips above, he’ll be just fine in hot climates. Despite huskies “preferring” cold weather, I know a lot of huskies that live awesome lives in hotter countries.
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