Most people know that you should never leave a dog in a car on a hot day, but 48% of people still think it is fine to leave a dog if counter measures are taken such as if the windows are open, or you have parked in the shade. This is simply not the case. You should never leave a dog in a car on a sunny day, its just too risky. Even on a day where the outside temperate is only 21 degrees, the inside temperature can rocket to 31 in just 10 minutes. If you can't take them where you are going you should leave them at home, or make alternative arrangements. Below is some links to some amazing websites where you can find doggy friendly beaches, hotels and best of all restaurants! If you need some alone time, there are also details for dog walkers, boarders and day care. Why not give them a summer holiday too?
Dotty 4 Paws Dog Directory - Dog Walkers & Sitters (and much more!)
Dog Friendly Cottages &Hotels
Dogs Allowed Card - Gives you discount at dog friendly restaurants & Cafes
Okay so, we've covered cars.... so what about walking? Well, dogs will be grateful that in the summer months, the sunshine and lack of rain (we can be hopeful right?) will mean long rambling strolls in the countryside. While of course, we recommend everyone get out with their dogs, some of us don't always have rural places they can go to stretch their legs, and herin lies the problem... tarmac. Pavements and roads are normally black or grey, and therefore absorb heat. When it's sunny and the air temperature is 30 degrees, the road temperature can reach over 57 degrees... thats enough to fry an egg in just 5 minutes!
When it's this hot, try opting for early mornings or late evenings when the sun has gone down to go for a stroll, or make sure you stick to grassy areas where the ground temperature is much cooler.
A handy test to see its too hot - try holding the back of your hand firmly against the pavement. If you can't hold it there for 5-7 seconds, its too hot for your dog!
Hot dogs should be for the BBQ only, and its important to make sure that your dog is coping with the heat in the summer months. Dogs do like to sunbathe, but its up to us to make sure that they have access to cool shady places as well as fresh water at all times. Signs that your dog has over done it in the sun include:
There are some great natural products for keeping your dog's safe in the sun, or for a little bit of TLC if they have caught it a bit too much! We have linked some of our favourites below.
Natural Dog Company - Snout Soother
Snout Soother is intentionally developed to be scent-free because dogs do not like scents the way humans do! Protect your dog’s nose from sunburn with the natural SPF benefits. Snout Soother works much better and faster than coconut oil!
Dog & I - Nose, Skin & Paw Balm
A natural, lightly scented moisturising dog skin balm which is perfect for dry noses, sore and cracked paw paws, callouses, hot spots or in fact... anywhere on your dog that needs a bit of TLC. Handmade and all natural with no nasties. Safe to lick!
Contains hemp, lavender and peppermint oils.
Hownd - Playful Pup Skin, Nose & Paw Balm
HOWND SKIN, NOSE & PAW Balms protect, soothe and moisturise all year round! They are 100% vegan, unscented, fast-absorbing and natural. The balms can be used in the summer months to protect the snout and outer ear areas from UVA and UVB rays, as well as any exposed skin; and in the winter period to protect a dog’s soft pads on ice and salted pavements.