We’ve all been enjoying the sunshine as we welcome Summer. Unlike us, animals find it harder to deal with soaring temperatures, and dogs are especially at risk from severe overheating.

Just last weekend, The Met Office issued an amber heat warning and this may continue throughout Summer (you never know with the UK weather). We’re sharing essential tips to help keep your pets safe as temperatures rise:

  • Offer an ice pack or wet towel to lie on (don’t put this over your dog)
  • Ensure your dog always has access to shade and fresh water – you could add ice cubes to the water dish 
  • Your dog may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around in
  • Walk your dog in the early morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler; be sure to carry water and a bowl with you on walks.
  • Give your dog some homemade frozen treats
  • Look out for signs of dehydration or heatstroke
  • Never leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open
  • Be particularly careful with short-nosed dogs such as bull breeds, boxers, pugs, older dogs and puppies, and those that are overweight

What, exactly, is dog dehydration or heatstroke? And what are some of the signs you should be on the lookout for? 

What to look for: Heatstroke

  • Raised temperature (38.6° Celsius is normal)
  • Rapid breathing and panting
  • Excess salivation and thickened saliva
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Seizure
  • Unconsciousness or collapse

What to look for: Dehydration

  • Dark sunken eyes
  • General weakness, especially when attempting to walk
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Depression

If you spot any of these signs, get your dog inside and contact your vet.

Published On: June 21st, 2023 / Categories: Latest News /

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