After the incessant rain that tends to characterise English winters and springs, we all long for warm, dry days so we can enjoy the great outdoors with our canine companions. But it’s all too easy to be overeager when the first signs of summer appear.
To make sure you get the best out of the season, the team at Rockingham Road Veterinary Surgery has put together a list of dos and don’ts to get dogs safely through any hot weather that might come our way.
We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, so here are some simple precautions you can take to prevent your pet overheating. If you still have any queries we’re happy to help out when you contact us.
Here are Rockingham Road Vet's tips for staying cool and safe:
- Book a check-up and get your dog get tested for heartworm if it isn’t on year-round preventative medication.
- To avoid dehydration keep plenty of water to hand. Make sure there are areas where your dog can get out of the sun and don’t over-exercise.
- Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling and stupor or even collapse.
- Dogs with flat faces which have trouble panting, along with the elderly, overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, are more vulnerable to heat stroke so should be kept cool at all times.
- This one sounds obvious, but never leave your dog in a parked vehicle in sunlight.
- Don’t leave your dog unsupervised around a pool – they’re not all good swimmers.
- Trim longer hair but never shave your dog as the layers of their coats protect them from overheating and sunburn.
- If it’s really hot don’t let your dog linger on tarmac as sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
- Barbecue food and drink is going to be very tempting to your dog but may actually prove poisonous – particularly alcohol.
Remember, we’re here to help so don’t hesitate to call us on 01536 407778 for any more information.