When summer is in full swing the extra hot weather can cause your dog real problems. Here are some top-level tips to keep your dog safe during the summer months . . . provided by the great team of vets and nurses at Vets4Pets.

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Most dogs are sensible in the heat and will slow their pace down, seek shade etc just like Tippy above, but remember that they can easily overheat when playing games and running, so be extra mindful.

To be safe, it is best to walk your dog during the cooler morning and evening hours during the summer months. This will also avoid sore paws from walking on hot ground, especially tarmac.

Beware of heatstroke and dehydration

Replenish your dog’s water bowl frequently throughout the day, adding ice-cubes, if possible, to keep the water cooler for longer. The signs include severe panting or drooling, lethargy, vomiting and collapse. If you are at all concerned, then please contact your vet straight away. 

Confined hot spaces

Never leave your dog in confined hot spaces such as cars, caravans or conservatories. It only takes a matter of minutes for the inside temperatures to soar to fatal levels, even with a window slightly open.

Parasite treatments and vaccinations

Keep parasite treatments and vaccinations up-to-date, which is especially important if you will be taking your dog to boarding kennels over the summer months.

Source: Vets4Pets