While most of us humans love to bask in the hot summer sun, our dogs are not so keen.
They feel the heat much more and it’s therefore essential to keep them cool and hydrated.
Here are some top tips on how:
- Take them for walks early in the morning or later in the evening. The sun is not so intense at these times and they’re less likely to overheat.
- If they do get too warm, wet their paws with cool running water. Cooling down your dog’s feet is one of the best ways to bring their temperature down.
- Make sure they have shady spots to lie in and plenty of drinking water.
- Doggy paddling pools are always great fun too. We have lots here at doggy day care and the dogs love to play and wallow in them.
- Never ever leave them alone in hot cars. It can take as little as 15 minutes for a dog to suffer heatstroke and die inside a car. When travelling with you, make sure the windows are all open or the air conditioning is on. All our doggy day care pick up vans are fully air conditioned front and back so our dogs stay comfortable.
- Be alert. If your dog is getting too warm you should see the signs: excessive panting, heavy breathing, and lethargy. Immediately move them to a cooler place, hose them down with cool water, and allow them to drink small amounts of cold water. If you are in doubt and your dog is not improving, take them straight to your vet.
Summer sun is there for fun; and let’s face it, we don’t see enough of it here in the UK! Follow these simple rules and be vigilant, and both you and your four-legged friends should stay safe in the sunshine.