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June 9, 2021
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Take care of your pets in hot weather

Its fantastic when the sun is out and the temperature is due to rise however please consider the safety and wellness of your beloved pets.

In Hot weather dogs tend to change how they are acting for example they change their appetite and are more than likely to decrease there eating just like we do when we are hot and bothered we tend to drink more and eat a lot lighter - dogs can be exactly the same so if this happen don't worry this can be normal however, eating is still very important.

Make sure your dog has access to fresh water at all times if putting it outside ensure the water is in the shade and isn't becoming warm if put in the sun as this can cause an upset stomach for dogs.

Over heating, too hot? take a look for these signs:

  • Excessive panting
  • Lethargy
  • Increased salivation
  • In serious cases: vomiting & diarrhoea

If any of the above happen make sure you contact your vet immediately.

SUN CREAM - This sounds silly to a lot of people however, dogs can get sun burnt and sun cream is a very good idea for dogs. If dogs are sunbathing and out in the sun for periods at a time please limit this time and keep an eye on them and keep checking their skin and coats to see if their is any burning - this could lead to sunburn if so.

Fun in the sun?

Paddling pools and rivers are a great way to keep your dogs cool in both the garden and out on walks, try to encourage your dog to go into a river/stream and lay or sit in the paddling pool every so often to keep them cool. We also would highly recommend a cooling matt you can purchase these from your local pet store or online.

Travel

When travelling with your pet please ensure windows are open, they are sat in the shade and you DO NOT leave your dog in the car for any reason at all especially on a hot day.

What do we recommend for hot weather?

We recommend:

  • Paw wax to put on your dogs pads this prevents cracked paws HERE
  • Snout balm to keep moisture in your dogs nose
  • Cooling matts and pads
  • Cooling towels
  • Cooling harness's
  • Paddling pools
  • Plenty of consistent water
  • Sun cream
  • Fans
  • Short walks in the shade
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