• The Summer Dog 07 June 2018 | View comments

  • With the warmer weather finally here its an ideal time to get out and enjoy the outdoors and spend some quality time with our family dogs.

    As much as our four legged friends enjoy this time of year there are a few things us humans can put in place to ensure that their fun in the sun is safe.

    Dogs do not sweat, aside from their feet, meaning their only natural way to cool down is to pant, along with a full fur coat they can overheat quickly, but there are many things we can do to help
     

    -          On particularly hot days avoid walking your dog during the midday heat, stick to mornings or evenings. This will also decrease the risk of burnt paws on hot tarmac or concrete

    -          Never leave your dog in a car or conservatory, even with windows open temperatures can quickly rise to fatal levels

    -          Always ensure your dog has fresh clean water available, including taking with you on walks

    -          Make cool treats by freezing ice cubes with tasty tit bits inside or even stuffing a kong toy and popping in the freezer. This will give your dog a mental work out and cool them on days when its too hot for a walk

    -          Lay a wet towel on the floor, never over the dog, for them to lie on

    -          Pay particular attention to brachycephalic dogs like pugs or bulldogs, older dogs, over weight dogs and those with a thick double coat as these suffer the most in hot weather

    Double coated breeds like huskies and malamutes may suffer more in the heat as they are designed for harsh cold climates. Don’t be tempted to shave off your double coated dog. This has been proven to make them hotter as it removes the natural guard hairs and exposes their skin to the heat. The best way to help keep them cool is to remove the loose or dead undercoat with some specific rakes or brushes, booking your dog in for a professional groom and deshedding treatment will save you a lot of time and mess at home

    Heatstroke is a veterinary emergency and it pays to be clued up about what to look out for.

    Signs of heat stroke

    -          Heavy panting

    -          Excessive drooling

    -          Lethargic

    -          Fast heart beat

    -          Diarrhoea or vomiting

    -          Seizures

    If you are in any way worried about your dog, immediately contact the vet, then move the dog to a cool area and start slowly to cool them down. Do not use iced water or anything that would cool them down too quickly as this can be a massive shock to the dogs system. Wet cool towels are useful!

    Frozen Kong Recipes

    Try stuffing your dogs kong with these and popping in the freezer until solid!

    Banana Yogurt

     Mashed Banana, Honey, Plain yogurt

    Peanut Butter Crunch

    Peanut butter, kibble or dog biscuits, cottage cheese, yoghurt

     

    There are a range of fun toys designed to keep dogs cool in summer from Chill Out Dogs – including hydration bones, ice bones, dog paddling pools, cooling mat, garden fountain and many more. We are currently offering 35% off on any order so now is the ideal time to grab a bargain and enjoy 

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