Summer is here and as the temperatures begin to hit 30 degrees and up, it’s important we remember to look after our furry friends in the heat. We’ve listed eight handy tips below to help you keep your dog cool in summer.
1. KEEP THEIR FEET HAPPY
If the concrete or surface is too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog! Taking your dogs for walks when the pavement is too hot for you to stand on puts them at risk of burning their pads on their paws. To keep your dog safe from burning their little paws, save walks for in the early morning or late evening when the pavement has cooled down. Or if you can keep your car cool, pop your dog in the car and drive them to your local park where your dog can have some fun on the grass.
2. HAVE PLENTY OF WATER AROUND
Make sure they always have a supply of fresh water nearby, preferably positioned in a shady spot if outside. Dogs get thirsty too in the hot summer sun.
3. PLENTY OF SHADE
Keep a nice shady spot somewhere in the backyard, so that when left outside your pup has somewhere to cool off and relax.
4. SLIP, SLOP, SLAP
Protect your dog with some sunscreen to shield their nose from pigmentation and sunburn. Avoid a sunscreen with zinc oxide, as it can be harmful to your dog if ingested. We suggest if using a human sunscreen, to use a sensitive sunscreen or one suitable for babies.
5. BE MINDFUL OF TOO MUCH EXERCISE
Don’t over-exercise your furry pal in the hot weather. Just like us, too much exercise in the summer sun can leave them with exhausted and dehydrated.
6. DON’T LEAVE THEM IN THE CAR
Don’t leave your dog in the car, especially on hot days. Just like with children, dogs left in cars on hot days can find themselves struggling as temperatures can reach up to 70 degrees inside a car on a 30 degree day. 75% of the temperature increase is shown to occur in the first five minutes, so don’t leave your precious pup inside a car even for just a minute, it’s too dangerous. Remember a dog’s body temperature is a couple of degrees higher than human beings.
7. ICE, ICE BABY
Keep your dog nice and cool with some wet towels, ice blocks and plenty of water to help them cool down from the hot summer sun. Or even better, take them down to your local dog beach for a swim. Just be mindful of the hot sand on their feet.
8. Come in to Mind My Lead!
If you’re headed out for the whole day and leaving your dog on their own in the scorching weather, consider bringing your dog into Mind My Lead. Here, they will be cared for and looked after all through the day, with air conditioned facilities and plenty of fun, that way you can spend the day.