Go out into your car on a warm day, even if it’s parked in the shade, open the windows to what you would think would be necessary to keep the car cool with a dog in it, and then sit there for 10 minutes.
Experience for yourself what it feels like and see how long it takes before you need to get out. I tried it and was terrified how quickly I felt claustrophobic in the heat with little ventilation!
I am appalled as to how many people still think it’s OK to leave a dog in a car in warm weather, even with all the publicity it receives – please share this post as the message really isn’t getting through.
In the meantime here are some handy tips on how to keep your dog cool in this hot and humid weather:
- Go for your walk early in the morning or later in the evening
- Plan your route,
- have a feel of the pavement/tarmac with your hand – if it’s too hot for you to touch then it’s going to burn your dog’s feet
- pick a shady route, or head for the forest where you know it will be cool
- take some water with you so your dog can have a drink on the way
- go to the river
What to do if you can’t get out
- Invest in a kids paddling pool
- Buy a cool mat – or just immerse a towel in cold water and pop it down in a shady area for the dog to lie on
- Stuff a Kong with your dog’s normal kibble (moistened) and freeze it so it keeps them occupied and challenged mentally.
- Leave them in a cool room in the house, close the curtains to keep the sun/heat out and ensure there is plenty of ventilation.
What are the signs of heatstroke in your dog?
Remember your dog has a limited ability to sweat, and its primary way of cooling down is to pant. If this is heavy and accompanied with excessive drooling, lying down, a raised heart rate, and lethargy then seek veterinary advice.
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