What a summer we have had so far. It’s hard to complain about the rise in temperatures recently. However, it’s not so enjoyable for our furry friends. It’s super important to keep your dog safe in the summer sun, but also keep them having fun. Dogs can often struggle in the heat, but there are things we can do to help them keep cool on those hot summer days.
One thing every dog owner needs to be aware of is dogs can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin, so it’s a lot harder for them to cool down. They rely on panting and heat leaving the body through their paws and nose to control their body temperature. Try and imagine wearing a thick winter coat on a hot summers day, not very enjoyable is it? So you can understand why they struggle so much in the heat.
With heatstroke being so prone in dogs, it’s important to know the signs in order to prevent it. They include excessive panting, dribbling and collapsing/trouble standing. If you think your dog is suffering from any of these signs act immediately. Move your dog to a cool place, wet their coat with cool water, give them some water to drink and contact your vet if anything worsens. Once a dog shows signs of heatstroke the damage may already be done, this is why it’s so important to prevent it.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your dog cool and prevent them getting heatstroke.
- Hydration is key. Make sure your dog has access to clean water at all times. If you’re out and about make sure to take water and a bowl with you.
- Try and walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day, either early morning or late evening. This allows your dog to get its daily exercise but without it being too hot for them to enjoy it. Make your walks short and sweet. Go for 2 or 3 shorter walks instead of one long one.
- Beware of hot pavements or roads. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for a paw. Make sure to check before taking your dog out otherwise it may burn their paws.
- Never leave your dog or any pet, alone in a car, even if the windows are open. A car can reach extreme temperatures and be extremely dangerous for your pet. If you ever see this please contact the police immediately.
- Keep an eye on your pet for signs of overheating, if you notice anything, get them into the shade and give them some water.
- Cooling treats are a great option. They’re so simple and easy to make! Try ice cubes with your dogs favourite treat in or stuff a KONG with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. This will keep them cool and occupied for hours.
- Take your dog swimming. Swimming is a great alternative to walking on a hot summers day. It’s the perfect way to exercise your dog and keep them cool at the same time. And it can be great fun for everyone.
- Get your dog a cooling vest, bandana or mat. They’re especially good for car journeys. Or why not try some cooling toys, they perfect for having fun whilst keeping hydrated.
- Groom your dog regularly, it will help keep them cooler by removing any excess fur.
Summer should be fun, but safety comes first. It’s so important to keep your dog cool. As long as you keep an eye on your dogs health, keep them cool and give them plenty of water, there is no reason you can’t enjoy the summer sun. If you have any questions or need help with anything please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our email is email@example.com or you can call a member of our team on 01932 304364.