Getting out in the sun for most of us is a treat, but for our dogs it can be unbearable. But it doesn’t have to be if you take the right precautions.
If you are going out and about, check that your destination is dog friendly. You can find out more about dog friendly places here… Also ensure you apply dog friendly sun cream. I know, with all that fur, who would have thought your dog needs sun cream. But dogs can easily burn when out in the sun.
Please, please please don’t leave your pet in the car. Even if the windows are cracked open, your dog will overheat very quickly. As mentioned earlier check your destination is dog friendly.
It is important to provide shade and plenty of water. Even at home make sure your dog isn’t in a room for long periods, where they might be exposed to direct sunlight and no shade. Make sure their water bowl is full and put a second one down on very hot days, as they will drink more than usual. A great way to keep your dog cool indoors or out is with the use of a cool mat.
Always walk your dog during the coolest times of the day such as first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Apply dog friendly sun cream and test the ground for temperature. If you can’t hold your hand on the pavement of tarmac for round 10 seconds then it’s to hot for your dog’s paws.
Some signs of burnt paws:
- Limping or refusing to walk
- Licking or chewing at the paws
- Pads dark in colour
- Missing part of the pad
- Blisters or redness
Some Signs of overheating:
- Some of the signs of overheating:
- Panting heavily
- Drooling excessively
- Appears lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated
If you notice any of the above contact a vet immediately.
I know some of the above seems quite scary, but if you plan ahead, and take precautions your dog won’t suffer.