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Keeping dogs cool in hot weather

We all enjoy trips out with our doggy pals in hot weather.

But hot weather can be a killer for dogs if owners fail to take the right precautions.

Dogs can overheat if left in hot cars or denied access to shade and fresh drinking water.

They can be at risk of sunburn or get their pads burnt if walked at the hottest times of the day.

Here are five essential tips pet owners should follow to keep their four-footed pals safe.

  1. Walk your dog early in the morning or evening when temperatures are lower.

  2. Test the pavement to see how hot it is - if it’s too hot for your hands it’s too hot for dogs to walk.

  3. Never leave your dog in a hot car even if it’s only for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise.

  4. Put sun cream on dogs ears and pads

  5. Take water with you on trips out.

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include heavy panting, excessive drooling, drowsiness, diarrhoea, collapsing and vomiting.

If you think your dog may be suffering from heatstroke:

  1. move the dog to a shaded and cool area

  2. place them in the breeze of a fan, or in an air-conditioned room

  3. offer them water

  4. Cool them down by soaking their body with tap water and lie them on a cold wet towel.

By following these tips you’ll ensure you and your doggy pal stay safe in summer.

For further advice on keeping pets cool in summer visit Freshfields Animal Rescue which has centres in Liverpool and Wales.

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