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Keeping your dog happy in a heat wave
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Dog advice: tips to keep your pet safe in a heat wave

Hot weather means fun but it can also spell trouble for dogs

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Time to stay cool

It doesn’t happen often in the UK, but when a heat wave hits, everyone loves to get out in the sun. It can be a fun time, but high temperatures can sometimes be bad news for dogs as they can’t regulate their body temperature as well as we can. A pleasant day for us can soon become unbearable for your pet, and heatstroke can kill.

Dangerous spaces

Most people know that a car can be a deadly place for a dog on a hot day, but did you know that other spaces such as conservatories and caravans can be just as dangerous? Never leave a dog locked in these kind of locations during warm weather. Even on a mild spring day, the temperature can quickly hit 130 degrees.

Stay protected

If you’re out and about with your dog on a hot day, make sure there’s plenty of shade. The best time to exercise your pet is in the early morning or late evening when it’s likely to be much cooler. Put sun block on any areas of skin that aren’t protected by fur such as ear tips and noses, and if your dog’s fur is long, consider having it clipped in hot weather.

Water, water everywhere

Your dog must have access to plenty of fresh cold water round the clock. Leave a few bowls around the house, and make sure they are checked and topped up at least twice a day. It’s a good idea to also add a couple of ice cubes to the bowl as this will keep the water cool longer and encourage your dog to drink more often.