Rockingham Road Vets tips on keeping your dog cool all summer

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 Denise at Corby 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 The Rockingham Road Team and make an appointment to see our veterinary nurse.

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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

  • Laboured panting

  • Dull gums – not bright pink as they should be

  • Drooling

  • Lethargy

  • Seizures

If you spot any of these symptoms you should contact us straight away on 01536 407778 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.