So a heat wave is about to hit London with some incredible highs of 30° to 35°. Most of us humans love the heat, but if you have a dog, you will want to take extra care him or her.
Because dogs are smaller than us, the risk of heatstroke for them is very high. You must remember that if you feel hot, if you feel the need to go in the shade and drink something refreshing, your dog feels the same too.
Watch out for heatstroke; the symptoms are excessive panting, drooling, fever, collapsing and vomiting, but if you dog is lethargic this could be a sign too. So keep a close eye on your friend. Should you notice any of these symptoms, call your vet immediately, its always better to be safe than sorry. If you know your dog is too hot, loosely wrap a cool damp cloth or towel around him, and change it often.
It goes without saying but plenty of cool, clean water is also vital to keep your dog hydrated.
If your dog is in a space with little air movement, a fan would be a nice idea, or even keeping the windows open for extra ventilation.
You can also freeze some treats. Put peanut butter or mashed banana in your dog brain toys (kong) and put the toys in the freezer (in a plastic bag maybe) for a while before giving the toy, ready to enjoy to your dog. You can also put some treats in an ice tray, fill with water and give the yummy ice cubes to your dog, no more than a couple a day and not everyday. These will keep your friend busy and feeling refreshed. Very few dogs may not cope well with ice, so never leave your dog alone and make sure he doesn't become bloated afterwards. Never give your dog an ice cube straight from the freezer which is still sticky and again, always supervise your dog with this kind of activity.
Takes some early morning and late evening’s walks in shaded parks or streets. Also remember to take water with you, and avoid hot pavements and busy roads.
You can brush or trim your dog at the beginning of the summer to help him cool down easily.
Finally make sure you don’t leave your dog in the garden in the sun alone for more than a few minutes; and never leave your dog in the car.
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