As Mr Sunshine continues to shine down on us this year, it becomes ever more concerning for our furry friends who just can’t handle the heat like we can. That’s why its SUPAW Important to make sure you take the right steps for keeping them happy and healthy throughout the Summer.
Here are some of our Top Tips to help you keep them Safe in the Sun!
Water is essential for your dog all year round, especially on a hot day. Make sure clean, fresh water is always available. If you’re out and about with your dog, make sure you always have a bottle of water and a bowl for them to drink from – we like the M&MK Pet Dog Water Bottle!
Try and stick to shaded or grassed areas to avoid burnt paws, if the ground feels too hot for you to touch, the chances are your dog’s thinking the same. Use paddling pools to keep your dog’s paws cool outside, or if they’re not fans of water, you can try cooling mats, coats or even a wet towel to drape over your dog every now and again.
Make sure you have a stash of dog friendly frozen treats in your freezer to keep your dog refreshed. Check out our Instagram page for free easy frozen treat recipes you can whip up at home. BONUS – they all have super health benefits for you pooch!
Energy burning enrichment
If it’s too warm for a walk, there are other ways to exercise your dog’s brain. Use frozen lick mats and stuffable enrichment toys for mental stimulation to keep your Dog stimulated whilst keeping them cool on hot days – its a WIN WIN situation for everyone! They get to work out, eat their favourite treats and keep cool all at once! If you need some inspiration – check out our socials!
Plan your walks
Avoid walking your dog if the weather is hot! Even a warm day can predispose dogs to overheating, especially if they’re exercising, and this can be fatal. Consider taking your dog for a gentle walk very early or late in the evening when the temperature has significantly reduced or do some stimulating activities at home. Remember – if the pavement feels hot to touch by hand, its going to be too warm for your Dogs Paws!
Check the Temperature
Most Dogs can’t handle the heat even if its above 20°C; make sure if you are taking your Dog out, that he is comfortable with the temperature and won’t overheat. We don’t venture out in anything above 16°C because our Boston Terrier Boys simply aren’t comfortable with it and would prefer to be at home. Certain breeds are more susceptible to overheating (like flat nosed breeds and those with respiratory issues) in hot weather; so please make sure you know your breeds capability.
Use fans around the house to keep air flowing. Believe it or not, grooming your dog daily can also help with air flow. Reducing the amount of loose hair, knots and tangles can increase the air flow through your dog’s fur to their skin.
Unfortunately, bugs thrive in the warm weather. To prevent fleas, ticks and other creepy crawlies pestering your pooch don’t forget to use your all-natural Freedom flea and tick products if you do venture out!
Some dogs with lighter, shorter coats can be in danger of getting sunburn especially areas with less fur like the nose or tummy. It is advised that you use a non-toxic sunscreen to help protect those areas. Head over to our grooming products to grab a Pawtect Sun Balm with SPF20!
You should avoid travelling in your car with your dog on a hot day. Leaving a dog alone in a hot car can be fatal – even parked in the shade with the windows open, dogs can become distressed and uncomfortable and develop heat stroke very quickly which can lead to an unnecessary death. Leave the Dogs at home, they will sure thank you for it later!
Whatever you decide to do this summer – just make sure you know your Dogs limits before taking them along with you. It really isn’t worth putting them at risk.
If you have any other tips – please let us know!