How to keep dogs safe when temperatures soar

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;

  • Walk in the early mornings and evenings when it’s slightly cooler. Keep to shaded walks as much as possible.Pavements can become extremely hot and may burn a pad; if you can’t walk on it in bare feet it is unlikely that your dog will be able to.
  • Do not leave them in a car, even in the shade with the windows open.Even if it is only for 5 minutes with the windows open, temperatures soar like an oven. On hot days, either leave them at home, or walk them with you, to where you are going.

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;

  • Offering water with ice cubes in.
  • If your pet is one that delights in lying in the sunshine, try to limit how long they stay out in it. Also trying to ensure air movement, either by opening windows or by using a fan can also help.

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.


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