Looking After Your Dog During SummerFriday, August 10, 2012
Dogs are naturally pack animals, where weaknesses meant being left behind, so they will try and hide any pain or illness as best they can. This means you need to keep your eyes on them to work out if something is wrong. It's good idea to keep an extra eye on them during Summer when the weather is warmer and you are spending more time outdoors. Here's some hints I've found useful keeping my pack comfortable.
- I move the dogs beds away from the radiators, where they stay over winter, and into a cool, shaded part of the room.
- Try not to hug or pester your dog. As much as I would love to, playing with and cuddling the dogs is a bad idea, it's a recipe for over-heating.
- Don't take walks during the middle of the day, I've moved my first and last walks to earlier and later in the day so that I can give the dogs a bit of a run without worrying about them.
- If you do want to go sit outside with your dog during the day try bring a bowl and plenty of cool water. If you can encourage them to lie down in the shade, dogs get sunburn too, especially if they have short, light or recently cut hair.
- Avoid any unnecessary car journeys with your dog, and don't leave your dog in the car, sometimes even leaving a window open isn't enough.
- If you let your dog go for a swim then make sure to shower them down carefully after, this can prevent all sorts of nasty infections and creepy crawlies. Not all dogs like to, or can, swim, so never leave your dog unattended anywhere they can fall in.
- You can find some great ideas for iced dog treats on Pinterest, I love the idea of putting toys in there as well.
I'm not an expert at dog care, far from it, I'm just passing on what knowledge I have. If you are worried about your dog then you should always get in contact with a vet. You can also check out the RSPCA's advice about caring for your dog. I'd love to hear if you guys have any tips on dealing with pets during summer,