How can I protect my dog in the heat?

How can I protect my dog in the heat?

Summer time is approaching which means one thing, hot weather is on the way. 

Dog’s can overheat in temperatures as low as 16.C. Dog’s who are older, overweight, have health conditions or are short-nosed have a higher chance of overheating.

Signs of overheating are- 

  • Excessive drooling

  • Panting or fast breathing

  • Vomiting 

  • Diarrhoea

  • Bright red or blue gums 

  • In serious cases they may collapse or convulse

If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms then please take them to the vets immediately. 

So here are some top tips on how to protect your dog this summer and avoid overheating. 

  1. It’s always a good idea to buy them a cooling jacket or bandana. If you don't have one you can always wet their coat to help them cool down. 

  2. Set up an area either inside or outside in the shade with a tray of water so your dog can put their paws into to cool down. 

  3. You can put down wet clothes so they can lie on them. 

  4. Always make sure they have a fresh, cool supply of water.

  5. Make sure you limit your dog’s playtime and allow them to have a long rest indoors after.

  6. If your dog is playing outside, make sure they have plenty of shaded areas to rest.

  7. It’s great to stuff a KONG or LickiMat with their favourite treats and freeze them. This helps to keep them occupied and cool. 

  8. You can freeze carrots which help them to cool down and are great for oral health.

  9. Only walk and play with your dog outdoors if the temperature is below 20.C. 

  10. When taking them for a walk, try to take them before 8 am and after 8pm. 

  11. Before you take them for a walk make sure you test the pavement to make sure it isn't  too hot. If you can't keep the palm of your hand on the floor for 15 seconds then it is too hot to walk your dog. 

  12. Use a dog safe suncream that protects them from harmful UVA and UVB Rays. 

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From Olivia 😀