We all love getting out and about as the weather heats up, but we also need to be mindful of how the high temperatures can affect our furry friends.
Dogs don’t sweat like we do and panting is their main way to cool down but in extreme heat this often isn’t enough to regulate their temperature and they can quickly deteriorate into a state of heat stress. Signs of heat stress are excessive panting, high body temperature, distress and in extreme cases, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea.
This is why dogs should never be left unattended in cars as the temperature can climb quickly inside the vehicle and dogs can be subjected to dehydration and heat stroke.
On hot days, make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh, clean water and lots of shade or indoor access. Flat faced breeds such as pugs, cavaliers, bulldogs or boxers are more at risk because of their restricted air ways so they’re best kept indoors on hot days. Dogs also love splashing about in a kiddy wading pool with water but beware of filling it too high which can provide a drowning danger to smaller dogs or puppies.
As the temperature rises on those summer days, it can also take a while for the pavements to cool down, so be mindful that your pooch has to walk barefoot on these hot concrete paths and this can lead to burning and blistering of their foot pads. Take your shoes off and test standing on the concrete yourself to see just how hot these surfaces can be!
Dogs with no hair or thin hair should have limited sun exposure as they can be prone to skin cancer, the same as humans. If they have any fair skin or hairless areas, particularly on ears or noses, you should consider a pet appropriate sunscreen when out enjoying the great outdoors this summer!