As the high temperatures look set to stay throughout the summer this year, it is important we help our canine friends stay nice and cool during these months. There are a number of things you can do to keep your dog safe from overheating.
1) Keep them in cool places inside or out
2) Keep them hydrated with fresh water, maybe add an extra bowl somewhere to encourage them to drink more
3) For the longer fur dogs, keep them trimmed
4) Walk them early in the morning or late evening when the ground has cooled down
5) Never leave them in a car, even with windows down
6) Purchase some cooling aids such as cool mats for them to lay on
SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE
1) Heavy panting
2) Excessive drooling
3) Frequent lying down
4) Fast irregular heartbeat
5) Lethargic, vomiting or diarrhea
If your dog has any of the above symptoms you should seek your local veterinarians help straight away.
If you are unsure how to help your dog stay cool, or you are concerned about any strange symptoms caused by the heat please call your local Veterinary Practice immediately for help and advice.