With temperatures set to be some the hottest we have experienced over the summer; we should ensure our furballs are safe & comfortable.
Animals cannot deal with soaring temperatures as easily as us Hoomans! And our dogs are especially at risk from severe overheating.
Did you know that dogs have 2 areas on the body for sweat glands. These are their Nose and their Paws!
No doubt over the coming days and weeks. Some will be caught out, make mistakes and unfortunately their dogs will be the ones to suffer the consequence of lack of knowledge or understanding. We don’t want that, so below are some helpful tips to ensure a safe summer for your pooch.
• Keep dogs indoors: Unlike hoomans!, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting. Soaring temperatures can cause heat stress and be physically damaging or fatal. Try your best to keep them in during the hottest hours of the day, between 11am & 4pm.
• Provide more areas for water consumption and shade: If dogs must be left outside, they should be supplied with ample water and shade, and the shifting sun needs to be considered. Even brief periods of direct exposure to the sun during a heatwave can have life-threatening consequences.
• Walk, don’t run: If you walk your dog. Take him or her out in the cooler periods of the day. I.E Early morning or after the sun has set in the evening.
• In extremely hot, humid weather, never exercise dogs by cycling while they try to keep up or by running them while you jog. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at which point it may be too late to save them. They can quickly become severely overheated, and an “exercise” session can turn into a medical emergency.
• Avoid hot pavement: Dogs’ footpads easily burn on heated roads, pavement and sand. Test the road surface with your hand before walking a dog while the sun is out.
• Stay alert and save a life: Keep an eye on all “outdoor dogs”. Make sure that they have adequate water and shelter. If you see a dog in distress, contact the RSPCA right away and give the dog immediate relief by providing water.
• Avoid parked cars: Never, ever leave a dog in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows slightly open. Dogs trapped inside parked cars can succumb to heatstroke within minutes – even if the car isn’t parked in direct sunlight.
Play with water with your dogs. Get the garden hose or the paddling pool out if they like that sort of thing?! (Not all dogs like being sprayed with water!) Also Ice cubes are a good bit of fun. An ice cube, a dog and a slidey floor surface can entertain a dog for a fair few minutes at a time & help keep them Hydrated :-)!
Enjoy the Summer & Sun with your dog but please please. Keep his or Her daily sun exposure to a minimum. And remember in these unusual times. Be safe & Be well.
“The Bathminster Family”