As we head into the summer months here are a few handy tips on keeping your dog happy in the heat of the sunny days.
Dog’s, especially longer haired breeds, can really suffer in the heat so as responsible dog owners, we owe it to them to keep them healthy and reduce the risk of heatstroke.
- Don’t put your dog in danger – NEVER leave a dog locked in a car on a hot day – this can be fatal, even if the windows are open and you’re parked in the shade. If you see a dog in a hot car – call 999!
- Access to water - ALWAYS remember to make sure your dog can rehydrate… carry a bottle of water and a bowl when out and about and keep an eye on water bowls at home.
- Plan your walks – it’s a common routine to take the dog out on your lunch break but on hot days you should avoid taking your dog out in the midday sun. Early morning or evening walks (or both for extra tail wags!) when the day is cooler will be much nicer for your furry pal.
- Get Grooming – when you brush your dog you remove the layer of dead undercoat hairs which helps to let more air to their skin and keeps them cooler. Also brushing gets rid of knots and stops matting of the hair which can trap heat. Longer haired dogs should be clipped to be at their most comfortable if the sun is blazing.
- Lower their temperature – once dogs are hot it can be difficult to cool them down again! Cooling jackets are great or putting down a wet towel for them to lie on can work wonders. If they love the water a paddling pool in the shade is great or putting on the sprinkler, just encourage them to stay in the shade and out of direct sunlight.
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE IN DOGS
Heatstroke develops when a dog can't reduce their body temperature and it can be fatal. Signs of heatstroke include:
- Heavy panting
- Glazed eyes
- A rapid pulse
- Excessive salivation
- Lack of coordination
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Loss of consciousness
HOW TO TREAT HEAT STROKE IN DOGS
If you think your dog has heatstroke, you need to act fast. Take them to a cool, shaded area. Apply towels soaked in cold water to their head, neck and chest and let them drink water or lick an ice cube. Never place them directly into ice cold water or give them too much to drink as they may go into shock.
Make sure you contact your vet or call Vetfone on 0303 334 0612 immediately if you suspect your dog has heatstroke.