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Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer Heat

Your Dog Cool The UK is expecting more hot, sunny days in July and August and that means we must look out for man’s best friend. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin, relying on panting and heat releasing from their nose and paw pads to keep cool. With all of this and their thick fur, it is easy to see how a dog can suffer from heatstroke so easily on a hot summer’s day.

There are some easy signs to look for, and simple things you can do to prevent heatstroke:

Infographic of best ways to keep your dog cool in summer

When exercising your dog, such as walking, be sure to do it at cooler times of the day like first thing in the morning or early evening. Avoid your usual long walks, instead opting for stimulating mental games, such as teaching them new tricks. Get some new dog accessoriesfrom Fur Feather & Fin to help with this new training.

Swimming is an excellent way to exercise your dog, and an alternative to walking in the summer heat. However, not all dogs like to swim, sodon’t ever force a dog into the water. If you are swimming at the beach, we wary of tides, bring fresh water with you, and wash the salt and sand off so it doesn’t irritate their skin. A paddling pool in the back garden is a good idea if you don’t live close to a good swimming spot, or if your dog is small.

Pale-coloured dogs are vulnerable to sunburn, particularly around their ears and noses. The sunlight can also make existing skin conditions worse, so often the best solution is to keep your dog indoors when the sun is strongest, between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm. Alternatively, pop a t-shirt on your dog and cover vulnerable areas, or apply dog-friendly sun cream.

Grooming is also important in the summer months, especially for long haired breeds. Keeping their coat tangle free protects their skin, and you could even trim their coat to keep them comfortable. Also apply flea treatment regularly through the summer months, ask your vet for their best one. In more rural areas, be sure to keep an eye out for ticks, and use treatment accordingly.

It is now a legal requirement that your dog is micro-chipped and wears a collar with your name and address on it. It is also a good idea to have your mobile number on the so you can be immediately contacted if your dog is found distressed, injured or lost in the summer heat.

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