Our top safety tips for a cool summer
It’s been a sweltering Summer so far and with over a month to go, we’ve put some top tips together to keep you’re four-legged friend safe and sound as a hound.
Avoiding Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is caused by your dog’s body temperature reaching dangerously high levels, but fear not, you can take simple steps to help prevent it, such as avoiding hot car journeys and not exercising in the heat.
The sun may be enjoying his summer holiday, but make sure he doesn’t ruin your pets’! Give them plenty of encouragement and praise when they’re in the shade but do look out for the tell-tale symptoms of dehydration from the list below.
- Excessive or loud panting
- Extreme thirst
- Frequent vomiting
- A bright red tongue and pale gums
- Skin around muzzle or neck doesn't snap back when pinched
- Thick saliva
- Increased heart rate
Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes, so be vigilant!
Don’t be fooled by a furry coat, a dog’s skin is easily exposed and needs protection just like ours. This can be prevented by staying in the shade and ensuring that even when they do venture out that they’re well protected by sunscreen. Be sure to take extra care and get those all-important and easily exposed areas, such as their ears, nose, back and the skin around the mouth.
Constant access to cool, fresh water (being regularly replaced before it can warm up) is a simple step towards preventing dehydration. This should be closely monitored as your dog will need to drink a lot more than usual in the heat!
Another helpful tip is to provide them with wet food which will increase your dogs fluid intake. Try giving them their food in a Buster DogMaze to make feeding extra fun and ensure that they’re munching in moderation!
Protecting those poor paw pads
A quick and easy test is to stand on the pavement for 5 seconds without shoes and socks, if it’s too hot for your then it’s too hot for them. Avoid walks in the heat and wait until it is cooler and more comfortable.
Staying inside when the suns’ shining is no fun, so beat the boredom with a new toy for your pet pal.
The blue cross issued a Hot weather warning after Buster burnt his paws on the pavements in London, read the full story here: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/hot-weather-warning-after-dog-burns-paws-pavement
While many dogs love to cool off in the water, be sure to keep watch as not all breads are strong and suitable swimmers. A rule of thumb is to avoid water that is higher than chest height.
For safer swimming and local residents, Woodgreen in Banbury will host its first annual Dog & Owner Swim on Sunday 16th September 2018, don’t miss out!
NEVER Leave Dogs in Hot Cars
It should be no surprise that this one’s made the cut, the RSPCA reports that they received a shocking 7,199 calls about animals in hot environments in 2017!
Weather it’s a quick pop to the shop or big match day, do not risk leaving your dog or any pet in the car. While dogs do have a small number of sweat glands (which are primarily in the paw pads), their main method of cooling is by panting… which is little help on a 90-degree day when the interior temperature of a vehicle can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes!