Keeping Dogs Safe in the Hot Summer Weather


Heatstroke can be fatal to dogs, and can happen very quickly, so it’s important to take steps to keep your dogs cool and hydrated on hot summer days. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their fur coat in order to cool down. We've noted below some important things to consider in the hot weather:

Be Mindful of the Floor Temperature Outside

Not only do dogs rely on their paw pads as a way of cooling themselves down, it can be unbearable for them to walk on hot ground. Whilst their paws are tough, they are still sensitive to heat. So, remember if it’s hot for you to walk in bare feet or hold your hand on the floor for 5-10 seconds, then it’s too hot for them too.

Walk When it is Coolest

To avoid heatstroke and an uncomfortable walk for your dog it’s best to head out early morning or late evening when it’s cooler for them.

Keep Them Shaded

When finding an area for your dog to rest outside, make sure to find shade where the ground is cool, so that they can rest comfortably. If your dog is inside during the hot summer weather, then consider making their rest area in the coolest part of the house.

Keep Them Hydrated

In the heat dogs need plenty of fresh water. So, don’t forget to take a bowl and a bottle with you on walks, even if they’re short ones.

Never Leave A Dog In A Hot Car

Not even for just a minute, even with the window cracked open. Dogs succumb to heat stroke extremely quickly. The same advice applies to places like conservatories and caravans, which become hot extremely quickly. For more information on spotting the signs of heatstroke and how to act quickly the Blue Cross and RSPCA have some excellent advice.

For more tips and advice on caring for your dog please visit our Guides.