Keeping your dog happy and healthy this Summer includes planning and preparation, especially on those gorgeous sunny days! We have put together some top tips to help your dog stay cool on hot days this Summer…
- Try to ensure your dog stays in shaded areas away from direct sunlight
- Use the garden sprinkler or the hose to let your dog cool down as and when they need to
- Use cool, damp towels either for your dog to lie on or to cover them with
Always remember water
Always ensure you have a bottle of water and a bowl for your dog all year round, but especially in the Summer!
Never leave your dog in the car
Even if a car is parked in the shade with the windows left open, leaving your dog in a warm car can make them become very distressed and uncomfortable very quickly. Always plan ahead!
Protect your dog’s paws from hot surfaces
If you feel surfaces such as tarmac or the pavement are too hot for you to touch in your walks, they will most likely be for your dog too. Foot pads can be very sensitive so rethink your walks, so you aren’t out at the hottest times of the day!
Plan your walks around the hottest time of day
Walks in the early morning or later in the evening will be cooler than those in the midday or afternoon sun. Plan your walks to ensure you and your dog can make the most out of your walks.
Signs of heatstroke, including but not limited to…
- Heavy painting
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of consciousness
- Drowsy or uncoordinated
- Rapid heart rate
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
How to treat heatstroke in dogs
Always ensure you call your vet immediately if you suspect your dog has heatstroke, but there are a few things that may be able to help while you wait for help…
Move the dog to a shaded, cool area, and allow them to drink small amounts of cool water or to lick on an ice cube.
Apply towels soaked in cool water to their body until their breathing starts to settle. Be sure to watch out for your dog starting to shiver and remove the cool towels immediately.
Following these tips will help to reduce the risk of your dog suffering from heatstroke & keep them happy and healthy on those hot sunny days!