Walks in the sunshine, days spent outside - your dog loves summer just as much as you.
Given the choice, they would run and play all day long. It’s important to make sure your fur baby has everything they need to stay fit and healthy in the heat of the summer sun.
To help you keep your best friend comfortable and healthy this summer season. Here are some tips we have learned over the years.
From keeping dogs cool in summer to knowing what to look out for if they start to overheat. We’ve got you covered.
Keeping your dogs cool in the summer heat is about preparation. Whether it's at home in the garden or on a day trip, always ensure you have everything you need for you and your dog.
Take the five second test
Set an easy pace
Short and sweet
Have plenty of water at the ready
Don’t over do it
Provide some shade
Dogs die in hot cars
Take a dip
Ice packs and cool pads
signs of heat exhaustion
A dog that's overheated can suffer from heat exhaustion, heatstroke and in some extreme cases, this can lead to death. If it's hot outside and you are concerned about your dog's health lookout for these tell-tale signs they need to cool down and possibly see a vet.
DRY NOSE AND MOUTH
This is a sign of dehydration and means your dog needs water. You can gently test by pulling on the skin on the back of your dog's neck, if the skin springs back into place they are hydrated, if it takes a long time to return to its original position your dog is showing signs of dehydration.
Your dog's gums can go bright red and sometimes blue if they are too hot, check for any signs and if you notice something that's not right you will need to act quickly
This is a sign your dog is overheating. Look out for loud panting followed by confusion and sometimes collapse
If your dog begins to suffer from vomiting or diarrhoea during a hot day this could be a sign that they are overheating and need attention immediately.
If you are worried that your dog has signs of heatstroke, or is unwell, please call your vet to seek professional help.