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Paws For Thought…Dog Care In The Summer

A post we often see on social media at this time of the year is how to care for pets during the summer months and especially how to care for dogs during the very hot days.

We thought it would be helpful to our readers to include information from the RSPCA, to help us all keep our furry friends safe.

5 top tips to keep dogs safe in hot weather:

1. Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans on a warm day, even if only for a short while. When it’s 22°C outside, temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) on the inside and this can result in death.

2. On hot days, use pet safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pets skin, such as the tips of their ears and nose, to avoid sunburn. If you’re unsure on the right product, ask your vet.

3. Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water to help them keep cool.

4. If your dog is struggling with the heat, try leaving them with a towel dampened with cold water to lie on.

5. Regular grooming in warmer weather can help brush away any dead or excess hair and this will help them feel much cooler.

Walking your dog in hot weather:

Even in summer dogs still need and enjoy their exercise. However, consider walking them in the morning or evening when its cooler which will avoid burning their pads on the hot floor or them succumbing to heat stroke.

Before walking your dog, try the 5 second test… if the ground is too hot for you to place your hand on for 5 seconds, it’s too hot for paws!

We’ve included a few of our furry friends in this article; meet Molly, Connie & Betsy.