The Great British Summer is finally producing some of hot and sunny days so before it does, why not read our tips about how to keep your dog cool!
As the air temperature rises, so too does the ground temperature and depending on the surface it can rise more than you’d imagine. Luckily in the UK temperatures over 25 degrees are rare but this year already we’ve seen some very hot days reaching 30.
Tarmac and hard surfaces can be significantly hotter than the air temperature – with an air temperature of only 25 degrees tarmac can be over 50 degrees! And when it does reach 30 degrees this can lead to a temperature of 57 degrees on the ground… With skin destruction occurring in only 60 seconds at 50 degrees even a short walk on the pavement or down the road can be bad news for your dog. So before you walk your dog just place your hand on the ground to feel the temperature. Too hot for you is too hot for them.
So if you’re not out walking your dog in this weather still ensure they can keep cool – this is easier for some breeds than others. Why not check our top tips for some information on what you can do.
1. Walk early or late to avoid the hottest part of the day.
An obvious idea but it is still worth remembering that the heat can linger on into the evenings when it’s been really hot outside.
2. Watch for signs of dehydration
Dogs don’t regulate their body heat like humans so they will pant to try and keep themselves cool. An overheated dog will drool excessively and become lethargic, often their eyes will become bloodshot a may appear a little pale.
3. Keep them hydrated
Different dogs will have different needs when battling with heat. Keep in mind that darker coats will absorb more heat than lighter coats. Heavier and overweight dogs will also be at increased risk during hot weather. So if you are out walking why not take a doggy water bottle with you just in case. Don’t forget to keep using our Easy-Green Powder during the summer as it’s a great way to combat overheating.
4. Find new ways to cool your dog
Move their bed to a shady spot in the garden for them to relax, a child’s paddling pool can also be great for them to drink from and have a quick paddle! Or alternatively why not lay a wet towel outside in the shade for them to lie on.
5. Dogs cool from the bottom up!
So instead of laying a wet towel over your dog lay it on the ground for them to lie on. Or spray their feet and tummy with a water mist.
6. Let your dog be your guide
Dogs don’t watch the weather forecast so they won’t understand why their not getting their usual long walks. Let your dog experience the weather and they will soon realise it’s too hot/cold/wet for that walk. We know our dogs can be reluctant to go out when it rains and it’s usually the same when it’s hot!
7. Never leave your dog in a parked car!
It’s saddening every year that this still happens – it’s frighteningly easy for them to overheat in the car, even when it’s “not that hot” outside, and for the worse to happen. Don’t let your dog become a statistic this year, or ever!
Stay safe out in the sunshine and we hope that you and your dog have a great summer!