Dogs and hot weather

Brush Them Regularly We don’t wear our winter coats and putting long hair away from the neck makes a big difference, so the advice is to invest in regular dog brushing during the summer.

Depending on your dog, he may fancy a swim in the ocean or a dip in a wading pool or sprinkler. They just need to get their feet and belly wet to make a difference.

Dogs die on hot walks


It is recommended that in hot weather, dog walks take place early in the morning or later in the evening. Away from the heat of the day, the risk of sunstroke and burnt paws decreases.

burned legs

Different surfaces will be at different temperatures. In the world of weather, we measure temperatures in many places. The main value you see in forecasts is air temperature. Taken in the shade at a set height above the ground in a ventilated space. Garden thermometers in direct sunlight can often show much higher values ​​and car dashboard displays even hotter. Observation enclosures also include a measurement of grass, soil temperatures at different depths and the council may have sensors on rural roads that record road surface temperatures for their clean-up crews.

On hot days, try the five-second asphalt test. If it’s too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for your paws.

Black asphalt, concrete, and artificial turf can be heated by sunlight when the heat is continuous, as can sand.

Your dog may start to limp or refuse to move (sometimes they may anyway or they may just be hot). Other signs include licking or chewing on the feet, a change in color or shape of the blistered pads.


Another concern is heat stroke. Signs include heavy panting and shortness of breath, excessive drooling. Appear lethargic with less energy or out of sorts. Collapse, being sick, or diarrhea. The sooner you can get your dog into the shade and begin the cooling process, the better.

Flat-faced dogs and heat stroke

Heat stroke is serious and core body temperature should be lowered gradually. This is the same for humans and is potentially deadly. The usual natural refreshing actions are not enough. Flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds are at additional risk as their breathing is already under additional pressure.

“Dogs pant to cool off; without a nose, panting is simply less effective. In fact, brachycephalic dogs can even generate more heat simply by panting for breath than they lose by panting.” emily room

Take the dog to a shady and cooler place.

Pour cold water on the dog, but not cold water, it will shock him. Again, don’t put wet towels on a dog, as they trap heat. A damp towel underneath will help a bit but what is needed is water to carry away heat and air movement.

Drink small amounts of cold water. Keep an eye on them, you’re waiting for their breathing to stabilize, but they may pass out. It is best not to pour water on a dog’s head, especially flat-faced breeds, as they could inhale it.

After first aid, take them to a vet urgently.

Some dogs are more likely to be affected by exertional heat stroke. Very old or young, overweight, with thick ribs and flat-faced pugs or bulldogs.


If you are going out for the day or on vacation, it will be a job to check that dogs are welcome. Some parks and beaches have restrictions at certain times of the year. You can freeze a dog bowl or ice cream tub with a quarter of water. Once frozen you can fill the rest with water and it is a long lasting cold drink. It pays to bring an umbrella on a day trip or a trip and a cooling bed, often advertised on the forecourts of garages. Also, if you travel by car for longer distances this summer. Avoiding the heat of the day might be better for everyone. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, you should call 999.

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Avoiding the midday sun is one thing, but temperatures continue to rise through the afternoon, with highs sometimes occurring in the mid or even late afternoon in the height of summer.

With our changing climate, global warming, and the likelihood of more severe and frequent heat waves, we must prepare for and be able to deal with the impacts of high temperatures and ongoing heat for ourselves and any animals we care for.

Thanks to Mayor and Esme.

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