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Hot Weather Tips for Dogs

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 25/07/2014   Category: Expert Advice

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our four legged friends, but it is important that you follow some simple precautions. It is so important that you consider your dogs and their needs especially during this very warm British weather.

By following these few simple rules, it is easy to keep your pet safe while still having fun in the sun.
Take these simple precautions, provided by the Easy Animal team , to help prevent your pet from overheating and getting dehydrated. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your local veterinarian immediately as a delay can prove fatal.

Keep Your Dog in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated very  quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors  if it’s cooler when it’s extremely hot. Exercise your dogs earlier in the day when its cooler so get up early!

Know the Warning Signs
Symptoms of over-heating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature . Particularly breeds with flat faces, like Pugs, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms if possible or at least the coolest room in the house.

Don’t Leave Dogs In Cars!
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. “On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time-even with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke,” says Sophie Dodds  Marketing Manager at Easy Animal. It’s just not worth the risk of leaving a dog unattended in a car on a hot day,  if you can’t take your dog with you then please leave them at home.