How to keep YOUR dog cool during the warm Bank Holiday weekend: Expert shares 9 top tips for keeping your pets safe in the hotter weather
The Met Office has said a ‘fine spell of weather’ is expected over the Bank Holiday weekend, with highs in the low 20s.
But as Britons bask in the sun, our beloved pets are susceptible to dehydration, heatstroke and burnt paws due to the hotter temperatures.
Thankfully, one expert has shared with FEMAIL her top nine tips for keeping dogs safe as the weather warms up.
Bella & Duke’s pet behaviourist Liz Lannie said: ‘Summer is a great time to get out and explore the world while building a healthy and happy bind with your dog, but it does come with some risks.
‘By no means should it be feared as by following the right steps you can make sure all of your outside time with your furry friend can be an enjoyable and most importantly safe experience.
‘You can never be too prepared but by making sure you regularly brush and bring plenty of water you’re on the right track to having a memorable summer with your favourite companion.’
Here, she reveals the steps pet owners should take when trying to keep their beloved creatures cool…
HAVE MULTIPLE WATER STATIONS AROUND YOUR HOME
Bella & Duke’s pet behaviourist Liz said: ‘Like humans, dogs sweat and lose water, mainly through the glands in their paws.
‘They can lose up to one litre of water per day and the more water they lose, the higher the chances of overheating.
‘Have multiple water stations spread equally around your home during summer to safeguard your dog from overheating and dehydration.’
STICK TO THE SHADE
‘Heatstroke can easily be induced by prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, so if you are in outside areas, make sure there are shaded areas your dog can relax and recharge,’ warned the expert.
‘Most dogs will naturally orientate to shadier spots, but it’s good to keep a close eye on your dog and watch for signs of heatstroke such as excessive panting, drooling, reddened gums, dullness or loss of consciousness.
‘If your pet does show signs of heatstroke, immediately bring them into the shade and pour some cool not cold water over them to bring down their body temperature.’
AVOID CAR TRIPS WITH YOUR PET
‘There is no safe time to leave a dog alone in the car, but particularly in the summer months, the temperature in your car soars above the temperature outside,’ explained Liz.
CHILL BY THE PADDLING POOL
‘For when you don’t have access to the beach, why not invest in a paddling pool for your pooch to splash about in,’ suggested Liz.
‘In a shady spot of the garden, fill a pool with chilled water but don’t make it too cold as this can cause your dog to go into body shock due to the drastic temperature change on a very hot day.
‘This will help to responsibly bring down your furry friend’s body temperature and absorb water through their skin and paws making sure they are hydrated as well as cool.’
‘In a car, dogs can develop heatstroke in just 15 minutes. An enclosed car can reach double of the outside temperature and even with water and open windows, cars are not a safe space for dogs in the summer.
‘Do your best to leave the car at home or make car trips with your trusted companion as short and infrequent as possible.’
DON’T TAKE DOGS FOR LONG WALKS ON THE BEACH
‘Long walks on the beach are a big no for your pup, but sunbathing while your dog goes for a swim is a great way to keep your pet cool,’ said the expert.
‘A refreshing dip in the cool water can work wonders to bring down your dog’s body temperature.
‘Not all dogs will like swimming in water but encourage them to try it in a controlled and safe environment.