Summer is here, which means we spend a lot more time outdoors - and our beloved pets are included in that!
When it comes to dogs, there are some things that are important to remember, particularly as we move into periods of intense heat…
Keeping cool - Heat stroke is a real danger to dogs. During these warm months, make sure your dog always has access to cool shade and fresh water. You can also use paddling pools and frozen toys. Signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, excessive drooling, lethargy, vomiting and collapsing. You should contact your vet right away if you notice any symptoms of heat stroke.
Visiting the beach - Don’t forget about the dangers of the water when your pooch is having fun. If you need some advice on visiting the beach, visit the RNLI’s website: https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/coastal-walking/dog-walking
Early and late walks - It is advisable on hot days to walk your dogs early in the morning, or later in the evening. Forcing your pet to walk on hot pavements may result in burned paw pads,
which are very uncomfortable and sore. If you’re unsure, place your hand on the ground and if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot to walk your dog.
Leave them at home - If you need to pop out in the car, please leave your beloved pet at home in the cool - do not leave them in your car. The RSPCA also advises to keep them out of caravans, conservatories and outbuildings in warm weather.