Our doggies and summer - a quick guide

Summertime is a great time for dogs and their owners to spend time outdoors and have fun. However, it's important to remember that dogs can quickly become overheated, which can be dangerous and even deadly. In this blog, we'll go over some simple steps you can take to protect your furry friend from the heat and ensure they stay safe and healthy during the warm months.

  1. Provide plenty of water: This is the most important step you can take to keep your dog cool and hydrated during the summer months. Make sure your dog has access to fresh, cool water at all times, and bring a water bottle and bowl with you when you're out and about.

  2. Limit exercise during the hottest parts of the day: The heat can be especially hard on dogs during the hottest parts of the day, typically from 10 am to 4 pm. Try to limit your dog's exercise during these hours, and if you must take them out for a walk, do it in the early morning or late evening when it's cooler.

  3. Keep your dog in the shade: When you're outside with your dog, make sure they have access to shade. You can provide shade by bringing along a canopy or beach umbrella, or by finding a tree or other shaded area.

  4. Use cooling products: There are a variety of products on the market designed to keep dogs cool, such as cooling mats, neck coolers, and cooling vests. These products work by drawing heat away from your dog's body and can help keep them comfortable during hot weather.

  5. Know the signs of heat exhaustion: It's important to know the signs of heat exhaustion in dogs so that you can act quickly if necessary. Common signs of heat exhaustion include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, weakness, and vomiting. If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, move them to a cooler place, provide them with water, and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

  6. Never leave your dog in a parked car: This one is a no-brainer. Leaving a dog in a parked car, even for a few minutes, can be fatal. The temperature inside a parked car can quickly become unbearable, even on a mild day.

By following these simple steps, you can help keep your furry friend safe and comfortable during the hot summer months. Just remember to always be mindful of the temperature, provide plenty of water and shade, and know the signs of heat exhaustion. With a little bit of preparation, you and your dog can have a safe and enjoyable summer