One of the reasons we own dogs is so we can take them out and share the many beautiful walks we have in the UK. However, we need to be mindful of our dogs needs and health considerations before we go on a day trip.
PUPPIES CAN NOT REGULATE HEAT LIKE AN ADULT DOG
so these tips are especially important for them
If you plan to take your dog out in the car, how will you keep it safe? We all love the image of a dog with its head out of the car window, ears and tongue flapping in the breeze as all the smells are inhaled up its nostrils at high speed. But, did you know this is a very unsafe way to transport your doggie?
Please click the link below to learn 5 tips to take your dog out in the car safely to find out more.
- Short nosed breeds, such as the French Bulldog, Pug and Bulldogs can die very quickly when over exercised in hot weather. Please limit any exertion to before 11 AM and after 4 PM in hot weather and for no longer than 15 minutes.
- Don’t let your dog gulp down loads of water in one go after exercise! This can cause vomiting and in some cases Bloat, which can cause a rapid death. Water should be given in small amounts and often.
- Be careful where you ask your dog to walk. You should be able to hold your hand on the surface for at least 5 seconds without the heat feeling uncomfortable. Be especially careful on sand. I was surprised how hot the sand was in Porthcawl last year and my feet did actually burn.
- Allow lots of breaks for your dog. A dog loves nothing more than sitting down on the grass, in the shade of a large tree and slowly inhaling the wonderful scents and smells all around.
- These signs mean your dog is too hot, excessive panting, lying on one side and panting heavily with its tongue out, tears or water coming from its eyes.
Also be very careful where you take your dog and how long for. If you have a drivey little dog, taking it a village festival, or country fair may not be ideal as there will be so many people smells and distractions it will just be overstimulated and it may easily overheat.
If you have any more questions please feel free to reach out below. If you have any tips to keep your doggy cool, please drop them in the comments below.