With the hot sunny weather set to continue for a little longer, here are some top tips to help make sure your dog is safe and happy in the heat:
Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water throughout the day.
Protect against the sun
Stick to the shade at the hottest times of the day and use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of their skin (like ears and nose) to prevent sun-burn.
Time for Walkies
Avoid excessively exercising your dog in hot weather. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures on offer in the early morning and late evening to reduce the risk of heatstroke. Take extra care if your dog is old, unfit, obese or suffers from breathing difficulties.
The 7 Second Test
Pavements and paths – especially dark coloured surfaces like Tarmac – can get really hot in the sun and could burn your dog’s paws. Before letting your dog walk on it, hold your hand on the floor for 7 seconds; if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
Never leave your dog in a hot car
Dogs can easily overheat – and it can happen scarily fast in a hot car. Winding a window down is not enough, so ever leave your dog in a warm car.
Check dogs are welcome
If you’re planning a day out, check whether dogs are welcome at the visitor attractions you plan to visit before travelling.
Take a look at our pet-friendly holiday homes
The best holidays include the whole family, including our four-legged friends. Check out our range of dog-friendly holiday accommodation and plan your next adventure.
Speak to your vet for further advice.