Yorkshire Times
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12:00 AM 8th June 2024

6 Expert Tips To Protect Your Pup In A Heatwave

With Summer hopefully on the way, Webbox have pulled together 6 quick tips to keep your dog cool throughout a heatwave.

1. Plan walks appropriately

When it’s hot outside, you want to make sure you plan your walks properly. Opt for times of day when it’s likely to be cooler (like early morning or late in the evening) and choose shaded, wooded areas, rather than overly bright areas. Keep in mind that when it’s particularly warm outside, you might be best skipping your dog’s usual walk altogether.

2. Protect those paws

Pavements and roads get scorchingly hot during summer. If the ground is too hot for you to walk on with bare feet, it’s too hot for your dog. It really is as simple as that. The best thing to do is avoid walking on these hot surfaces altogether and choose shady patches of grass instead. Better yet, stay home until things are a bit cooler!

3. Stimulate their brains

When it’s hot outside, sometimes the safest option for your pet is to forgo their walk and just stay home. If you have a very energetic dog on your hands, this can be easier said than done. Even exercising in the house can overheat your pooch, so to be on the safe side, you can entertain your dog indoors by giving them plenty of mental stimulation instead. Consider hiding some low calorie treats around the house or invest in a doggy puzzle to keep them busy.

4. Slap on the sunscreen

Did you know you can actually buy pet-friendly sunscreen? Dogs often get burnt on their noses or on the tips of their ears where the fur is sparse. Dabbing a bit of sunscreen onto these areas will help protect their skin and prevent uncomfortable sunburn.

5. Splash out on a paddling pool

It’s not just kids that love paddling pools, they’re great for dogs too! Cold water will help keep your dog from overheating and they’ll probably have a lot of fun playing in the water while they’re at it. If you don’t have a paddling pool and your dog is spending time with you outside, give them an occasional splash with the hose to keep their fur cool.

6. Know the signs of heat exhaustion

When dogs are overheating, there are several signs to keep an eye out for. They may start panting excessively, have dry gums and may appear to be overly tired or confused. In extreme cases, dogs can suffer seizures when their internal temperature reaches a certain level. This is why it is so important to keep your dog cool and avoid spending excess time in the sun.

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