It took a while to get here but summer is finally in full swing. Great for us, but not so much for our dogs! Here’s some great advice from our Animal Welfare Officer, Karen Ethier, on keeping you furry friends comfortable when the temperature soars…
One of the best ways to keep your dog safe in the summer time is by providing lots of cool, clean, fresh water and have it available all day. Freezing canned dog food in a rubber kong is also a great way to introduce moisture to the diet while keeping your dog entertained.
Under the hot summer sun, Tarmac on pavements and streets can heat to a temperature that can burn a dog’s paws. To avoid scorched paws, walk your dog early morning or late evening when the streets have cooled. If you must walk your dog during the day, dog booties can protect their feet, or maybe drive to a local park for a walk on grass. You can check the temperature by putting the back of your hand on the tarmac for 30 seconds. If it is too hot for you it will be too hot for dog paws on a 30 minute walk.
Summer is the season for fleas and ticks, not only uncomfortable for your pet but potentially dangerous. A high quality diet, without preservatives or chemicals builds their immune system, making them more resistant to parasite infestation. We recommend and stock James Wellbeloved and Arden Grange dog foods. Cleaning your house frequently and keeping your dog well groomed will also reduce the risk of parasites, and checking your dog’s skin after walks for ticks is advised.
Heat stroke is a serious for dogs, more so than humans who can take steps to cool themselves. You can prevent heat stroke by restricting your pet’s exercise during the hottest hours of the day, by making sure he is well hydrated, providing cool places for him to relax, providing opportunities to swim, cooling mats etc. If you’re dog is struggling to stay cool then wrap them in a cold damp towel to help bring down their temperature.
Never, ever leave your dog in the car
Many dogs die annually in hot cars despite all the warnings. Even if your windows are cracked or you park in the shade, heat can build quickly in a car in the summer, turning it into an oven. It only takes moments for your dog to overheat and the consequences are serious. Please don’t ever take the risk.