The weather has (finally!) picked up and it’s the perfect time to spend time outdoors and make the most of the sunshine. But it’s worth remembering that although we love the warm days, they can be potentially dangerous for our pets, so we’ve listed some helpful advice on how to keep your pets cool this summer
1.Know the dangers of overheating
Animals, particularly dogs, have different respiratory systems to humans, which means that they suffer more when it’s hot. Heatstroke is a huge problem for dogs as it can be detrimental to their health, so remember to avoid leaving animals in hot areas such as cars, conservatories and caravans for any length of time.
Whether you’re enjoying a picnic in the park, sat on the beach or relaxing in a beer garden, make sure you sit somewhere where there is shade for your dog. Finding a spot near large trees or bringing a parasol is a great way to ensure that your dog can lie in the shade freely and keep cool.
3.Provide your dog with cool surfaces
Dogs like cool surfaces in summer, such as kitchen tiles, so if you’re out in the garden, leave the back door open. Your pets can then freely go indoors whenever they want if it’s getting a little hot outside. If you are away from home, placing a wet towel over your dog is a great way to keep their body temperature down and the dog relaxed.
4.Walk at early or late times in the day
Dogs need exercise, but walking your dog when the sun is at its height can be dangerous. The exercise and heat combination can lead them to overheat and suffer from heatstroke. During the middle of the day, the pavements are much hotter and can burn your dogs’ paws (remember they can’t wear shoes like us!) We’d suggest walking your pet either early in the morning or late evening.
5.Make sure water is readily available
Clean drinking water should always be available and easy for your dogs to access, but this is even more important during the summer months. Because dogs pant to cool down, they can get dehydrated very quickly and they need to replace the water in their body at a much faster rate than humans. If you’re out of the house it might be a good idea to purchase a travel bowl which can be topped up throughout the day.
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