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While it is ideal for a dog to be inside the house with the family during inclement weather, this is not always possible. As a result, dogs are frequently left outside. The fortunate ones will have a dog house. A basic dog house will provide wind and rain protection. However, it can become unbearably hot during the hot summer months. This makes for not a very good hideaway for your dog and can lead to health issues if left out for too long.

The Risks of Leaving a Dog Unattended Outside

When humans become overheated, they sweat, and with sweat glands located all over their bodies, they can do so quickly return to a normal and comfortable body temperature.

However, there are very few sweat glands in Dogs. Most are found on their feet. This is why we see dogs panting when they are hot because this is how they cool themselves down.  

The Summertime Solution

Buying a dog house with AC is a solution for keeping your dog outside while still keeping it comfortable. Though it may appear excessive, any true dog lover will recognize that it is a necessity, not a luxury, for an outside dog.

While the idea of a climate-controlled dog house may appear to be costly, it does not have to be. The additional cost to the electric bill will be negligible. You might need to put a little work into it, but your dog will thank you!

Selecting the Best Type of Doghouse

A wood doghouse is preferable because wood is a natural insulator and can easily be insulated. Adding insulation will keep the temperature constant, act as a barrier against the sun’s rays, and prevent the air conditioner from working overtime on those hot summer days. Insulation is a relatively inexpensive investment that will be repaid through savings on the electric bill. Not to mention the size of a dog house is minimal, so you will not need a large quantity for it to make a huge difference.

While many people choose a plastic dog house because it is easy to clean and affordable, this isn’t the best solution. Plastic will not dry out on its own and has a host of other issues. You should always go for a wooden structure when possible.

Heatstroke and hyperthermia

On a hot day, dogs who play hard can quickly become overheated and suffer from hyperthermia. A dog’s temperature can easily rise in the heat. A dog’s normal body temperature is 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature rises above 105 degrees, a dog can suffer from heat exhaustion. Some signs that your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion are weakness, sluggishness, nausea, and being dizzy.

If a dog’s temperature rises above 107 degrees, it may suffer from heatstroke, which can cause brain damage, unconsciousness, seizures, and, in extreme cases, death. It is estimated that nearly half of all dogs suffering from heatstroke will die.

Unfortunately, many dogs are left outside. Without the proper conditions, this can be very dangerous. If you leave your dog outside for extended periods, you might want to consider buying a dog house with AC.