How to look after your dog this summer!

We all love summer, being out in the warm sunshine, going to the beach, BBQ’s galore but what happens when we are at work and the temperatures are soaring for our loved pooches! We have a few tips to help your pooch cope with the heat but also give you an insight into some of the signs of heat distress!

Water! And lots of it! Your pooch needs clean fresh water daily – and a lot of it! Don’t use a small little dish for their water, if in doubt fill up a big bucket so they have a large supply. They will often put their paws in the water to cool themselves down also. If you have a small kiddies pool they are also great for your dog to have a soak and cool down.

Cooling vests! Yes, they exist! They are vests worn by your dog and are designed for small cold packs to be placed inside the vest keeping your pooch cool.

Taking your dog out for exercise on hot days isn’t a good idea! Not only is the pavement super hot whilst walking, dogs can get severely dehydrated in the heat and over heat which can be fatal! Walk your dog in the mornings or at night when it isn’t too hot.

Bring your dog inside! For some people that have dogs that are only “outside dogs” bring them inside and set up a secluded area for them, i.e. in the kitchen, laundry or bathroom. Due to the hot weather they often wont be very energetic and are more likely to lay down and keep cool. If they are going to remain outside, it’s essential they have adequate shade out of the sun. They must also have constant supervision to ensure they are not showing the signs of dehydrating or overheating.

Signs of dehydration

  • Nose – Dry and chapped
  • Warm to touch
  • Lethargic and visibly tired
  • Mouth – Dry mouth with think saliva
  • Excessive panting
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Unsteady and wobbly on feet
  • Dark concentrated urine

If you see any of these warning signs you need to act fast, as if untreated it can be fatal. Please consult your veterinarian if your pooch is showing one or more of these signs.

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