As the weather hots up it brings new challenges for dog owners – not least in terms of how to keep them cool if there’s a repeat of 2019’s heatwave.
Along with the more obvious warnings, such as never to leave dogs in the car on a sunny day or walk it when the pavements are hot, our head nurse Allison at our Kettering practice has compiled a list of cooling tips to make sure they stay safe throughout the summer.
As this is the also the time of year when parasites such as ticks and fleas are most active, it’s wise to make sure your dog’s preventative treatment is up to date. To check simply contact us and make an appointment to see our veterinary nurse at Northlands Vets.
Summer safety for dogs
It’s only natural to want to get out and about with your dog when the sun’s shining, but too much exposure can be dangerous to dogs as they can be prone to heatstroke, which develops quite quickly under the right conditions.
Symptoms of heatstroke
Dull gums – not bright pink as they should be
If you spot any of these symptoms you should contact us straight away on 01536 485543 after removing your dog from the heat, wrapping it in a cold (not iced) towel and making sure it has plenty of water. Any temperature over 23° poses a potential hazard to your dog, so keep a close eye on the mercury.
Keeping your dog cool
Make sure there’s always plenty of shade and water
If you’re in the garden a paddling pool is a good idea and fun too
Iced treats will stimulate and entertain your dog as well as keep them cool
Cooling pads are now widely available
Go for walks either side of midday – early morning and late evening are good times
Sunscreen should be applied to your dog if it is white or has hairless patches
Armed with these tips there’s no reason you and your dog can’t enjoy the warmer weather together. But do keep an eye out for those ticks and fleas – regular grooming will help with that as well as remove loose hair that might add to your dog’s discomfort.
You can arrange to update parasite prevention by booking an appointment with our veterinary nurse at one of our Northlands Veterinary practices.