Summer is one of the best months to be a dog owner! Warm days, and brighter nights means that there is plenty of time to take your dog out on long walks – exercise is always important! However, it’s important to know that there are certain risks to your dogs’ health that come with summer too.
As a company who specialises in dog training and obedience classes, it’s safe to say that we are all dog lovers. This is why it’s important to us that all dog owners know exactly how to keep their canine best friends happy and healthy during the warmer summer months. One of our services is dog walking in Croydon, which means that we know exactly how the heat can affect animals when out walking.
Using our professional knowledge, we have put together a quick guide to inform all the dog owners and lovers who are reading, on how to keep their dog in good health in the next few months!
Heat exhaustion happens when your dog’s temperature rises insanely high. It mostly happens if a dog is left in a car for far too long, or if you are taking your dog out for long walks in the heat. It’s extremely important that you never leave your dog in the car for long extended amounts of time, this can have serious effects on their health.
You should keep an eye on your dog for any signs of heat exhaustion after taking a walk in warmer weather. This could be heavy panting, bright red gums, thick drool, or wobbly legs. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from heat stroke, you should move her to a cool place and call a vet ASAP!
Choose Your Walk Time Wisely
When the weather is warm outside, you need to choose your walk times more wisely than you usually would. Don’t walk your dog during the time where the sun and heat is at its highest heat and humidity – this is typically mid afternoon.
For owners with dogs such as bulldogs, who have short snouts, extra care should be carried out. Due to narrowed nostrils, they find it harder to pant when the weather is too hot.
You don’t have to keep your dog indoors though – dogs love the summer! Just take extra care and make sure that your dog has access to shaded area.
Don’t Shave Them Down
A lot of dog owners mistakenly think that they should shave their dog’s fur down in the summer to help them cope with the heat better. Whilst we can see why this may seem like a good idea, you could potentially be doing more harm than good. Shaving a dog’s fur down actually hinders their ability to deal with the higher temperature.
We suggest that you just keep them well groomed – get rid of any unwanted or over grown hair (but don’t get it all shaved down).
Consider Sun cream
There is actually special sun cream that you can get for your canine friends, and it will help keep them safe during summer.
It’s especially important for the dogs who have shaved fur, short white fur or hairless. You should also pay special attention to their noses and tips of their ears.
Water, Water, Water
This is probably the most obvious piece of advice but it’s also very important. Your dog needs to have access to clean, fresh water at all times. Water will keep them cool and hydrated, so they are more equipped to deal with the heat! Look out for that long extended tongue that means that they are too hot.
We hope that this post will help you keep your dog happy and healthy this summer! As long as you are aware of the dangers that the sun can bring, and how to prevent them from happening – there is no reason why summer shouldn’t be a wonderful time for you and your dog! Enjoy the sunny days when you can, and get out and do some walking!
We understand that sometimes you just need a little help, and that’s where we can help. If you’re looking for an experienced dog trainer, or a dog walking service, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 07734447812 and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help.