Lincs Training dog expert Helen V (MBIPDT) with Harriet.

COLUMN: Hot weather dog dangers

We all love to be out in the lovely summer weather, but we also must think about our pets in this weather.

Make sure that they have a cool or shaded area in the house and the garden so that they can rest out of the sun and make sure that they have access to plenty of fresh water, as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can kill.

On a hot day, when the air temperature is 25°C (77°F) the temperature of the pavements could be 51°C (125°F), which can damage your dog’s paws in as little as 60 seconds.

To protect your dog check the temperature of the ground with the back of your hand, if it’s too hot for you it will be too hot for your dog. The best time for your walks would probably be early morning before the sun is reaching its peak and before the pavements have had a chance to absorb as much heat or alternatively late evening when the temperature and pavements will not be as hot.

Some breeds, such as bulldogs, boxers and pugs, are more susceptible to the heat, as are darker dogs as they absorb more heat, while light coloured dogs will reflect some heat.

It is probably best to keep them inside in a cool, shaded, well-ventilated area indoors.

If your dog is showing signs of heat exhaustion such as panting a lot, wrap a wet tea towel around its paws or on the back of its neck, use tepid not cold water. Do not immerse dogs in cold water.

Finally, never leave your dog alone in your car in hot weather, even if the windows are open as the heat reached in your car will be like that of an oven.

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