There are many things pet owners can do to lessen the risk of their dog suffering from heatstroke during summer.
Keep your dog hydrated
Make sure your dog has access to plenty of water and shade. When you’re taking your dog for a walk, don’t forget to take a bottle of water along and a towel. A wet towel is a great way to keep your dog cool and prevent heat exhaustion.
Never leave your dog in a hot car
It’s so important that you don’t leave your dog in the car during warmer months, even if you’re only popping into a shop for a couple minutes. If the outside temperature is 26°C, within five minutes, the inside of a car will reach 32°C and within 25 minutes, it will be as hot as 43°C. It’s best to just avoid unnecessarily travelling with your dog in the car at all in summer.
Limit exercise on hot days
If it’s extremely hot or humid outside, you should avoid taking your dog for a walk until it’s cooled down. The best time of day to walk your dog in summer is either in the morning or in the evening when it’s not as hot. When you do go for a walk, it’s best to avoid routes where your dog will have to walk on tarmac, concrete and sand for long periods of time.