When the majority of people think of a Siberian Husky, they are most likely thinking about them in cold climates while being attached to the dog-sled as they are racing through a blizzard.
Indeed, thanks to their thick fur and hardworking attitudes, these dogs are perfect for tundra-like conditions as well as races. But what about people who don’t live in cold climates?
Can they have beautiful Huskies too? Can this cold-loving breed be happy while living in a country with tropical weather? Keep on reading this article to find out
Can Huskies Live In Hot Weather?
Huskies are known for the unique ability to adapt to any kind of climate, including the ones which range from below 75 degrees Fahrenheit to the climates such as South Florida as well as many other tropical places.
However, just because they are able to adapt to these hotter temperatures doesn’t necessarily mean that you, as an owner, have nothing to worry about anymore.
Because of the fact that Huskies are built to live in cooler weather, you still need to look out for any signs of overheating, dehydration, and overexertion. But as long as you pay attention to your pet for making sure they are happy, there will not be any trouble.
Training Your Husky To Acclimatize To Heat
Truth be told, you can’t actually “train” a Husky to make them get used to a hot or warm climate, but still, there are some great methods you can use which will help your pet to better cope with a hot climate and the heat.
The most important thing you need to remember is to always make sure that your Husky dog has easy access to freshwater throughout the whole day.
If there will always be water around, then your dog will be much less likely to get dehydrated. This is especially important if your dog loves spending time outside for a lengthened period.
As for the super-hot days, you should keep your pet indoors and keep them cool and comfortable with AC blasting. However, if you still must be outdoors by all means, then make sure to limit the amount of activity that your dog does, ensuring that they have a comfortable spot somewhere in the shade to remain cool.
On the extremely hot summer days, it will be better if you change the walk times to early morning and evening because the temperature is usually cooler then, meaning the sun will not be beating down on the pet of yours
What to Do if You Notice That Your Husky is Overheating?
1. When it gets hotter outside, keep your pet in the shade
It will give them a much-needed break from the sun. You can also see and check if your pet is simply hot or actually overheating
2. Give your Husky some water
Large dogs such as Huskies that are especially more active need a lot of water for staying healthy. So ensure that you take a lot of water breaks during hotter days. Also, you can try to feed your dog some ice cubes for an efficient and quick cool down.
3. Use a kiddie pool in the backyard
Huskies are outdoor dogs which means that they enjoy being outside. Try to accommodate them by placing a kiddie pool outside; fill it with lukewarm or cool water and let your pet escape the heat when it gets too hot outside.
4. Keep your dog’s hair under control
Huskies need their coats for regulating their body temperature, meaning you should not shave your husky no matter what.
However, extra hair that is just sitting there on their coat, not being attached to their skin may overheat them quickly. To avoid this, brush them regularly to remove any excess hair.
5. Avoid being outside for a long period
Your pet obviously needs going outside for potty breaks. However, during the afternoon hours when the sun is still up, avoid going on long walks as your pet will most likely suffer from the heat.
But if you believe that your dog has already overheated, try using luke-warm or wet towels for cooling them down. If it is not working, then visit a veterinarian.
As can be seen, Huskies can indeed live in warm or hot weather, but they need extra attention. So if you already have a husky or want to adopt one while living in a country with such climates, keep these tips in mind to keep your pet happy and healthy.
Meet Madison Phillips, your compassionate guide to pet well-being. With experience from VCA Animal Hospitals and Laxton Vet Clinics Bellaire Inc. Madison honed her skills and embraced the balance of medical expertise and compassion, through her articles, she simplifies pet care, whether you’re a newbie or an experienced pet parent.