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Caring for your dog in hot weather

The summer sun has finally got his hat on!  And while we can stretch out and soak up the rays, our dogs may not be so keen.  Heat stroke in a dog is a real and dangerous thing – read about heat stroke in dogs from the RSPCA.  So we have compiled a list of ways to help your best friend stay cool and happy when the temperature rises.
  • Walk early or late 
    Avoid walking your dog in the hottest part of the day – early mornings and evenings will be much more comfortable for you both.

  • Set an easy pace 
    Even if your dog loves a good run, they need some encouragement to take it slow on hot days. They can’t plan ahead so they won’t realise they might get too hot. Encourage them to slow down by setting a slower pace and giving them plenty of time to sniff and explore.

  • Hot pavements and roads 
    Be aware that pavements and roads can become so hot they can burn your dog’s paw pads. Check the temperature of the road and pavements before you take your dog for a walk.

  • Keep to shady areas
     Plan your walks and try to include places where there is shade and natural paths.

  • Short and sweet
     Try taking two or three short walks throughout the day, instead of one long one.

  • New exercises
     If it’s too hot for long walks, do a shorter one and mix up your dog’s exercise with some extra training or playtime in the shade. It’ll keep them occupied and active but you can take regular breaks so they don’t overheat.

  • Keep hydrated
     It’s important that your dog drinks enough in hot weather so they don’t get dehydrated. Take a look at our tips on helping them keep up their fluids.

  • Stick to the shade
     Does your dog love to spend time in the garden? Make sure they have a shady spot to lounge in. Trees and shrubs create natural shade but you can also hang a tarpaulin or put up a gazebo to give your dog somewhere cool to mooch about.

  • A paddling pool for paws
     A shallow paddling pool or washing up bowl filled with cool water can give your dog a chance to cool off their paws. Keep a close eye on them around water to make sure they’re safe.

  • Create a cool room 
    Some dogs will seek out a tiled floor on hot days as they’re nice and cool to lie down on. You could also set up a fan for them or an area with some cool, damp towels for your dog to lie on.

  • Ice packs and cool pads
    You may be able to buy cooling beds and mats from your local pet shop for your dog to lie on. If you can’t find them, an alternative is to wrap ice packs in a towel and pop that in your dog’s bed to cool it down.
 

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