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COOL CANINES: Dogs Trust share advice on how to keep your pets cool in the sun


As temperatures soar, Dogs Trust, is offering top tips to help owners make sure dogs can stay safe and happy in the sun.

The charity is advising dog owners how they can keep their canine companions cool – indoors as well as outdoors - and prevent them from overheating as the days get hotter.

The hot weather we’ve been having over recent days has been welcomed by many but it’s not just humans that like to cool off when the weather is hot. Rebecca Smith is reminding dog owners that they need to think about their animal friends too.

As well as humans, when dogs get too hot they can be in danger of suffering from heat stroke. Rebecca says that if we're going to be feeling the warmth, our pets definitely are too.

But the biggest issue is dogs being left in hot cars.

Dogs Trust are advising owners to: 

·         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 

·         Don’t let your pet get sunburnt - use pet-safe sun cream. 

·         Know the early signs of heatstroke which include panting, difficulty breathing, tiredness, less keen to play, drooling and vomiting and take immediate action. If you spot these signs, stop exercising your dog, bring them inside into a cool area, give your dog a drink and seek veterinary advice immediately. Severe heatstroke can cause multiple seizures, complete loss of consciousness, loss of coordination, confusion and vomiting and diarrhoea with blood. If untreated it can prove fatal. 

·         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. 

·         Never leave your dog in a vehicle on a warm day. Not even with the window open. (Leaving your pet alone in a vehicle or tied up outside can also put them at greater risk of being stolen.) 

·         Use a cooling mat or wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel for your pet to lie on. 

·         Use cold treats from the fridge for added moisture or make an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients. 

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