Summer Safety

30 Jun



I think i have made this post before, or something similar, but after a day or so of the British summer arrival (yes, today in Suffolk it was HOT, and i was at work) i thought it made sense to make another summer safety post.

Summer time is great for us, and our dogs. Its the time when we most look forward to getting out and about with our dogs and having some fun in the sun, but we need to remember that dog’s dont handle the heat in quite the same way as us, and we need to make sure that we keep them happy, comfortable and safe.


Would you want to wear a fur coat in the summer?

Fur can be problematic when its hot. Whilst it does provide some protection from the sun, it also prevents heat from escaping and therefore can be a factor in overheating. Keeping your dogs coat short can help reduce the risk of overheating, but you must be aware that too short can also cause the risk of sunburn.



Dog’s die in hot cars

We’ve all seen the adverts and the posters, but every year people make the same mistake. Studies have shown that within the space of 30 minutes, the temperature in a car can become lethal (even if the outside temperature feels fairly cool). Cracking the windows really doesn’t do much in the way of stopping the temperature from rising.

Think of it this way? Would you leave a child alone in a hot car? Probably not. Statistics also suggest that approximately 30 children die in parked cars each year. That’s bad, isn’t it? Dog’s overheat more quickly than children, they are also left in cars more frequently.

Hundreds of dogs die in hot cars every year.



Emergency prepared

When you are out for a drive or heading somewhere, make sure you back an emergency kit. Some water is key to help prevent your dog from getting too hot. You could also bring items such as a battery powered fan to help keep your dog cool if the air con breaks.




Not the time for exercise

When you are preparing taking your dog out for a run or even a walk, bear in mind the temperature. Exercise should be done at the coolest times of day, first thing in the morning and at night. Walking in places where there are areas for him to have a dip in cool water is also a good idea. Remember the drinking water! Be aware of walking on hot tarmac as well. We’ve all stood on the pavement in bare feet and had to hop around because our feet got hot. Dog’s paws are sensitive, and of course very important!



Home comforts

Make sure that your dog has somewhere in the shade where they can rest. The garden can get pretty hot and if they don’t have any shade, they have nowhere to cool off. Paddling pools are a great investment as it gives them somewhere to cool off as well as a large supply of water they can drink from. A breeze is great for keeping them cool. This can be accomplished outdoors or inside the house by aiming a fan at them. Of course, you need to be aware of the electrical parts etc.



The lobster look

Like us humans, some dogs worship the sun. My Maya is a great example of a dog who will absolutely refuse to lie anywhere but in the sunshine until she absolutely has to (or is forced to) move. Like people, dogs (especially those with light skin) can get sunburn and melanoma. Using some sunblock helps prevent this (especially on the belly and top of his nose).



Sink or swim

Swimming is a great way for your dog to have fun and to cool off, but beware, not all dogs can swim! Some breeds really are not able to swim, for example bulldogs and pekingese. Even those who are good swimmers could have issues in pools where they cannot find an exit route, or in the sea where there are strange currents.

Chemicals in the water is something else you need to be aware of. Chlorine for example can irritate the dogs skin and cause stomach problems.



Cooling a hot dog

If your dog becomes too hot, you need to cool them off slowly and gradually by placing him in cool water or draping a wet towel around him. They need plenty of water to drink to re-hydrate, but if possible try not to let them gulp it down too quickly.

Try to cool him until his temperature reaches about 39 degrees Celsius as it will continue decreasing from there. ALWAYS get your dog to a vet if he has become overheated as even those who appear to have recovered can have delayed and deadly effects later.



Barbecue season

Keep an eye on your dog if he is around a barbecue or camp fire. It isn’t stealing the sausages that is the problem, but stealing hot sticks or burning themselves. Lighter fluid is a poison, so keep that out of reach.




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