Keep your dog safe in the heat
We often complain about hot temperatures as humans, but can forget that our pets also feel the heat.At Drove we often get asked how best to keep your dog safe when temperatures are high.Here are a few hints and tips;
Carry plenty of water. A collapsible water bowl is a very useful tool to carry with you. As is plenty of water for your pet.
Dogs can only lose heat by panting, which increases water loss and can expose them to being dehydrated. Avoid intense exercise as much as possible. Try to avoid throwing toys for them to fetch.
If you do have a shorter nosed breed (brachycephalic) their coping mechanisms are much reduced, and are more likely to be affected by increased temperatures.Likewise, breeds with double coats need regular undercoat grooming or shaving to ensure they don’t overheat.
Tips to try at home can include;
A wet towel to lie on and rigging up shade if none is to hand.
As always if you have any concerns about your pets in the hot weather, phone your vets for advice.