Summer safety tips for dogs
NEVER leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open.
Ensure your dog has access to clean water at all times, ideally a large bowl filled to the brim. Also take water with you on walks.
Take your walkies during the cooler parts of the day, in the early morning and late evening. Snorts & Tails offer earlier walks during the summer months and pop ins are also available
Choose to do shorter walks or more shaded locations for walkies.
ALWAYS check temperature of the pavement with your hand before walkies. Place your hand or a bare foot on the surface for 10 seconds. If it is too hot for you to keep your hand or foot on it, then it is too hot for your dog. Stay on grassy surfaces and avoid bare ground when outside in the summer heat as dogs paws can easily get burnt.
Watch your pet for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water. Your dog will walk and play as much as you allow, so don't wait for them to tell you they want to slow down.
Cooling coats (as modelled by Arthur) or cooling pads can help reduce a dogs temperature by up to 9 degrees. If you don't have a cooling coat a wet tea towel will work. please remember to remove once it drys out as this will have the opposite affect of cooling your dog down.
Buy some doggy ice cream or make cooling tasty treats by freezing food and treats in ice cube trays or a kong.
Be particularly careful with short nosed dogs such as bull breeds, boxers, pugs, older dogs, and those that are overweight. These dogs can get heatstroke simply by running around.
Be mindful when your dog is in the garden, some are sun worshipper and if anything like Arthur need to be physically moved out of the sun. Provide shade or restrict them from lying in the sunny parts.
If your dog likes water, get a paddling pool or a sprinkler. Be careful to check the water before spraying your dog as sometimes the water left in the hose can get very hot and cause injury.
Sun hats (as modelled by Harvey) wont offer any protection or stay on for longer than a few seconds but they make a great photo opportunity.
Kickback and relax. Enjoy the summer months with your four legged friends.