Now the weather is warming up, the RSPCA have given us a handy guide to help you keep your dog happy and healthy this summer.
As man's best friend, a dog is a perfect companion when you’re exploring the great outdoors.
Getting a dog may be the reason why you’re now getting outside more and exploring your local area. Whatever the reason though - it is essential that you consider the needs of your dog when out for a walk, especially in the summer months.
If dogs get too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting they will develop heatstroke, which can be fatal.
There are some dogs are more prone to heatstroke - particular those who are very old or young, those with thick heavy coats or those with short, flat faces (such as Pugs and Boxers).
Here’s our handy guide to help you keep your dog happy and healthy this summer.
Walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler so they will be at reduced risk of heatstroke. Look for places to walk that offer shade to keep your dog cooler such as woodlands.
Tarmac can get very hot in the sun. Check it with your hand first before letting your dog walk on it. If it’s too hot to touch - it’s too hot for your dog’s paws
If you’re planning a day out with you dog - check first whether dogs are welcome at the visitor attraction you plan to visit (don’t forget that some places such as some beaches only allow dogs during winter months). If they aren’t permitted - either look for a dog friendly alternative or make arrangements for a pet sitter or kennels or leave them at home (if appropriate to do so)
Throughout the day make sure your dog has access to shade and plenty of water.
Don’t let your dog get sunburnt - use pet safe sun cream on exposed parts of their skin such as tips of their ears and noses. Ask your vet for further advice if needed.
Under no circumstances should you leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you do see a dog in distress having been left in a vehicle - please dial 999 and ask for the police.