With Britain sweltering in multiple days of hot weather, and some of the northern moorland in flames, it seems like an opportune moment to offer some hot weather tips for dogs, as provided in this official Guide Dogs video. 🙂
For those of you who don’t want to watch the video, some tips are…
- Don’t leave your dog in a car during hot weather.
- Keep the dog’s coat well groomed as this lets the skin breathe and traps less heat.
- Take water for your dog with you when you go out.
- Feed your dogs in the evening, when it’s cooler, as dogs’ appetites can be affected by hot weather.
- Walk your dog at the cooler times of the day… early morning or evening.
- Be vigilant. Look for symptoms of heat stroke such as loud or frequent panting, extreme thirst, vomiting, rapid heart rate, bright red tongue and pale gums, thick saliva. Consult a vet if you’re concerned about your dog!
Note, dogs primarily lose heat through panting. Excessive panting is an important signal that your dog may be starting to overheat, so keep a close eye on how much your dog is panting. If the body temperature can’t be regulated by panting, it rises quickly and can be fatal. Try to pre-empt this happening by keeping your dog away from situations in which they could overheat and providing shade and water if they must be out in the hot weather.
If your dog shows signs of heat-stress, try to cool them down immediately by removing them from the high temperature environment and either placing them in a bath with a cool (not cold) shower over their body, a paddling pool or using a garden hose to spray them. If the dog is unconscious, be careful not to get water into its mouth or nose.
Heat stress can cause health problems not visible to the naked eye, so immediately take your dog to a vet to be checked.