Dogs and summer weather

When the sun comes out usually there’s an increased number of outdoor activities, playing in the park with children, and of course our furry friends.

When you’re slapping the high factor sunscreen on your children and yourself don’t forget that animals can also suffer from sunburn, dehydration and overheating.

Here are a few hints and tips to help keep your dogs safe in any warm weather:

  • Take your walks and playtime in the mornings and evenings when the temperature is cooler.  This helps avoid your pet overheating.  Make sure not to exercise after feeding.
  • Whenever you take your dog out in the car, make sure you have some water available and some form of shade (a window blind or child screen can do the job nicely). 
  • Don’t leave your dog in the car.  Parking in the shade and leaving windows open is NOT safe.  The sun moves throughout the day so although you’ve parked in the shade, it won’t be that way all day.  Leaving the windows open may allow your pet, or your car to be stolen.
  • If you allow your dog to run around outside in your garden or dog run during the day, make sure there’s plenty of drinking water and shade available and consider bringing him/her indoors from midday until 3pm when the sun is at its hottest.
  • Watch out for tarmac!  It can become excessively hot very quickly and will burn your dogs paws if they are standing still or have no alternative area to stand/sit on.
  • Take care around garden areas, not all garden chemicals/pesticides are pet or children friendly.  If your dog ingests something or you suspect they may have, take them to the vet immediately.
  • If you do see a dog in distress please call the RSPCA cruelty and advice centre, open 24 hours a day 0300 1234 999.