June 23, 2020 | News

Keep your dog healthy this summer

Keep your dog healthy this summer

As the temperature increases there are a few simple steps we can take to keep our pet’s healthy.

Here are some quick tips to keep your dog cool this summer:

Cars – Never leave your dog (or any pet) alone in a car, even with the windows open, on a hot day. ‘Not long’ is too long. A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

Walks – walk your dog during the cooler parts of the day (early morning and late evening). Test the temperature of the pavement with your hand – if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to walk your dog. Watch your dog for signs of over-heating, including heavy panting and loss of energy. If you recognise these signs when on a walk, stop, find a shady spot and give your dog water.

Water – your dog should have access to clean water at all times and carry water and a bowl with you on walks.

Treats – Make cooling tasty treats by making ice cubes with your dog’s favourite food inside or stuff a Kong and pop it in the freezer

For more top tips visit our member Blue Cross’ website.