The summer is finally upon us and although we humans are enjoying the higher temperatures our dogs find it a bit harder to adjust to.

To help keep your dogs safe please make sure that your dogs are not kept out in the sun for long periods of time, make sure they have shelter in the shade, and water must be available at all times.  Please ensure that no dogs are left in hot cars – this can be extremely fatal!

Here are a few other tips to help your dogs keep cool during the summer months:-

  • Avoid exercise during the day; walks are best in the cooler mornings and evenings.

  • Be aware that pavements can become extremely hot for dog’s paws

  • Have a small pool of water for your dogs to enjoy when you are in the garden

  • Take water with you on your walks

  • Trim your dog’s coats

  • Watch out for dogs with short hair as they can get sunburn – especially the white breeds.

  • Take extra care with dogs that have long hair and darker hair too

  • Take extra care with dogs that have short or flat noses and also muscular or overweight dogs

  • Dogs cool from the bottom up – so if you put a towel in cool water and let you dog stand or lie on it this will help cool them quicker. You can now also purchase cool mats

  • Keep them busy and cool by making some dog friendly ice pops, place tinned dog food in a kong and freeze it - not only does this keep them busy for a while, but it also helps keep them cool.

  • Get a cooling coat

Unlike us humans, dogs do not have the ability to sweat; the way that they cool down is by panting. If dogs are unable to cool their bodies down they could get heat stroke; the signs for this would be heavy panting, drooling excessively, lethargy, rapid pulse, bloodshot eyes and very red gums/tongue. If your dog starts to display any of these symptoms please cool them down by dousing them in cool water and get them to the vet as soon as possible.

We hope that you will all be able to enjoy the summer with your dogs safely.

Posted: July 23, 2019