I imagine your first response will be ‘If we get any sun’! Even so, it is likely that we will at least have warmer days. Here are some tips to make sure your dog stays safe and well throughout the summer days.
Stay cool! Imagine running around wearing a fur coat on a hot day. Seek out shade on walks and take a drink with you. Dog water bottles have lids that turn into bowls, or pack a travel bowl that folds up. Use these regularly at home, too, so that your dog is happy to drink from this new container.
Cooling coats. Made from a special absorbent material that helps your dog to stay cool but not wet, these are a terrific solution to a longer day out, and help protect from sunburn.
Sunburn? Yes! Dogs and cats can all suffer from sunburn, particularly white or hairless breeds, but also those with finer fur. Tips of the ears may be particularly vulnerable. Ask your Vet about applying appropriate pet (not human) sunscreen.
Dogs in cars. We should all be vigilant. The temperature inside a car can reach 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes when it’s 22°C/72°F outside. Even with the window slightly open or water being left, the danger to dogs is considerable as they cannot cool themselves down enough. The RSPCA advises ‘If you see a dog in a car on a warm day, call the Police on 999. If the police are unable to attend, please call the 24-hour cruelty line 0300 1234 999’
Visit the beach! We are lucky to have access to some lovely beaches only a short trip away. Check that dogs are allowed, keep your dog close to you (no raiding picnics, sorry dog!) and let’s enjoy a safe, dog-friendly summer. See you there!