Top tips to keep your canine cool during lockdown

Top tips to keep your canine cool during lockdown

Published at 1:06pm 21st May 2020. (Updated at 4:39pm 21st May 2020)

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Dogs Trust want to make sure that owners are keeping their pets safe as temperatures increase.

The charity have released their top tips on how to keep dogs cool, inside and outside, during the warm weather. 

They say we should

  • Avoid walking or doing activities either indoors or outdoors with your dog at the hottest times of the day, so early morning or later in the evening is often best.
  • Always take plenty of water with you when out with your dog and make sure they have access to fresh water at home at all times.
  • Tarmac can get very hot in the sun – check it with your hand before letting your dog walk on it so they don’t burn their paws. Try the ‘seven-second test’ – if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws
  • If you need to take your dog out in the car, even if travelling a short distance, avoid travelling during the hottest times of the day and never leave your dog in a car on a warm day. Not even with the window open.

Dogs Trust Veterinary Director, Paula Boyden, says:

"There are so many things we can do to make sure our dogs stay happy and healthy in hot weather, but it is crucial we keep a close eye on them, even if we are playing indoors as many of us are at the moment.

If you want to spend time in your garden with your dog, make sure they have plenty of shade and if they have shown they are comfortable around water, introduce them carefully to a shallow paddling pool in the shade.

If you do need to head out in the car with your dog, please be very careful. As little as twenty minutes can prove fatal if a dog is left alone in a car on a warm day.

Many people still believe it's OK if the windows are left open or they're parked in the shade, but the truth is, it's not and we strongly advise that dog owners never leave their dog in a car on a warm day, even if it feels cool outside."

Dogs Trust is giving owners hot tips to make sure dogs don't suffer this summer
Dogs Trust is giving owners hot tips to make sure dogs don't suffer this summer

If spot a dog in distress you should call 999

The charity also released a list of activities you can do with your four-legged friends to keep them entertained during lockdown

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