Summer weather advice for your pets

By mehdii zovick - July 15, 2019

If you plan to come out with your dog this summer, it is important to know how to make sure your dog stays happy and healthy.
Here are our six steps for a safe summer:

  • Plan your walkies
    Walk in the early morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler so your dog less likely to get a sunburn - be particularly careful if your dog is not fit, is obese or has trouble breathing.

  • Do test seven second
    It can become very hot under the sun - check it with your hand before letting the dog walk on it so as not to burn its feet. Try the "seven seconds test"; if it is too hot on your hand, it is very hot for your dog's paws.

  • Check dogs are welcome
    If you plan to spend a day abroad, check to see if the dogs are welcome in the attractions of the visitors you plan to visit. Some public parks and beaches may have public space protection orders or dog control commands in place during the summer, so check before traveling. If dogs are not allowed, please make sure to arrange a pet sitter or kennels or choose a friend substitute alternative for dogs.

  • Provide shade and water
    Make sure your dog has access to shade and lots of fresh water throughout the day.

  • Do not let them burn
    Do not let your pet get exposed to sunlight - use a safe cream for pets on exposed parts of her skin, such as her ears and nose tips and avoid direct sunlight where you can - ask your veterinarian for further advice if necessary.

  • Plan a holiday for the whole family
    If you will go away, plan in advance to find suitable accommodation for dogs. You can go to Dog Trust Holidays because we believe the holidays are for the entire family, including the four holidays. You can find rural homes, inns and pet-friendly boats in the UK and Europe. Every time a holiday is booked through Dogs Trust Holidays, a 10% donation is sent to the charity.

What to do if your dog overheats

If the dogs are too hot and unable to reduce the body temperature by leaking, they will be hit by a sun strike that can be fatal. Some dogs are more susceptible to sunstroke than others - such as very old or small dogs, thick coats or short-faced faces (such as Pugs and Boxers). Dogs with certain diseases or in some types of medications are also more likely to hit the sun.

What are the symptoms of heatstroke in dogs?


  • Appears lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated
  • Panting heavily
  • Drooling excessively
  • Collapsing
  • Vomiting
If your dog shows any of the signs, please follow first aid for emergency dogs and contact your nearest veterinarian if necessary.
Emergency first aid for dogs with sun stroke
For the best chance of survival, dogs suffering from a heat stroke need to reduce their body temperature, but this should be done gradually or they can be traumatized.
If your dog has collapsed, contact your veterinarian immediately because you may be advised to attend as an emergency instead of starting treatment yourself.
In milder cases, you can follow the steps for first aid to start lowering your dog's temperature gradually:
  • Move the dog to a shaded and cool area.

  • Immediately start pumping in small amounts of room temperature (non-cold) on the dog's body (cold water may cause shock). If possible, you can also use wet towels or put the dog in the breeze of the fan. If you are using wet towels, make sure to reuse the water regularly and not keep the dog constantly covered - this may sometimes be heated rather than cooled.

  • Allow the dog to drink small amounts of water room temperature.
    Continue to pour small amounts of water at room temperature on the dog until breathing starts to settle but not to the point that it starts to jitter.

  • As soon as the dog starts to cool and settle down, contact the nearest veterinary surgery until it can be examined

Dogs die in hot cars

Think twice about any car trip with your dog - avoid busy roads or busy times of the day when the temperature can rise in the car if you are trapped in traffic. If you are driving your car with your dog, plan for your trip considering the cooler times of the day and places to rest.

In just 20 minutes, the dog can die in a hot car. Lengthening the window is not enough to help your dog - do not leave you dog in a warm car.



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