During the heat of the summer months, it is essential for dog owners to avoid certain activities and follow health guidelines for their pooches.
Our guide will give you all the important information you need, whilst still allowing your dog to have all the fun it needs.
- Exercising in heat
As dogs are unable to sweat through their skin, taking them for a walk in the heat of the day should be avoided, as they run the risk of experiencing a heatstroke.
Canines rely on panting and cooling their body temperature through paw pad and nasal heat release, so it is important to know the warning signs to ensure they do not collapse.
Older and short nosed dogs are particularly at risk, so taking extra care with these breeds is paramount.
Swimming acts as a cooling method for dog’s coats, and can prove good exercise for their muscles, but be sure to be cautious of sea and river currents as they show you their best dives.
- Leaving them thirsty
Likewise, allowing your pets to go thirsty is something all dog-owners should avoid in the summer time.
If you feel that your pooch is overheating, or you can see signs of excessive panting, the most important solution is to move them into a cooler environment with plenty of water.
Canines should also never be left in cars without the supervision of an owner, regardless of whether your car windows are a jar.
Ice cubes are another alternative to keeping your pooches cool, and many breeds thoroughly enjoy the challenge. Owners can even bury their dogs’ favourite snacks inside, to add to the thrill.
- Maintaining coats
Maintaining their coats and fur is just as important, and can significantly affect their health, whether you own a long-haired dog that needs clipping or an animal vulnerable to sunburn.
That’s right, sunburn. The heat of the sun can damage certain breeds’ skin, and can lead to more serious issues such as skin cancer. Again this can be prevented by applying suitable creams, or simply walking at cooler times of the day.
For long-haired canines especially, giving them a thorough wash and brush is too recommended to identify any unwanted creepy crawlies attempting to lay eggs.
- Walking on pavements
The route in which you take your beloved animals for walks is key to the wellbeing of their pads and paws too, especially on tarmacked pavements and highways.
As a general guideline, if the pavement is too hot for your palm it will be far too hot for their paws also.
Walking on more rural pathways is often recommended, and such settings usually provide more sniffs and smells to intrigue your pooches too.
- Insect dangers
Walking through the countryside is hugely beneficial for your animals, yet dog-owners must be aware of the dangers on insects when doing so.
Fleas and ticks are particularly popular in the summer months, meaning grooming your dogs after their walks is crucial.
Watch out for your pooch disturbing bees and wasps too, as multiple stings to areas like the throat can block their airways and prove fatal.