If you’re planning to go out with your dog in warm weather, it’s important to know how to make sure your dog stays happy and healthy.
Here are our five steps to safe fun in the sun with your dog:
- Plan your walkies
Walk your dog in the early morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler so they will be at reduced risk of heatstroke – be particularly careful if your dog is unfit, obese or suffers from breathing difficulties.
- Do the Seven Second Test
Tarmac can get very hot in the sun – check it with your hand before letting your dog walk on it so they do not burn their paws. Try the ‘seven-second test’; if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
- Check dogs are welcome
If you’re planning a day out, check whether dogs are welcome at the visitor attractions you plan to visit. Some public parks and beaches may have Public Space Protection Orders or Dog Control Orders in place during certain times of year, like summer, so do check before travelling. If dogs are not permitted, please make sure you arrange for a pet sitter or kennels or choose a dog-friendly alternative attraction. Find out more about how to find a good dog walker.
- Provide shade and water
Make sure your dog has access to shade and plenty of fresh water throughout the day.
- Don’t let them get burnt
Don’t let your pet get sunburnt – use pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of their skin such as the tips of their ears and nose and avoid direct sunlight where you can – ask your vet for further advice if needed.