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Help keep your dog safe: Use this easy to follow temperature guide!

How hot is too hot?

Walking our dogs outside is one of the simplest pleasures for both pets and their owners. There's nothing quite like the joy of seeing your dog's excitement as they explore new scents, chase their favourite ball, or simply walk alongside you. These daily walks are crucial for their physical and mental health and a welcome boost to your wellbeing too! However, as the seasons change and temperatures start to climb, our beloved outdoor routines need to be adjusted for the safety of our furry friends.

Unlike humans, dogs don't sweat through their skin but rely on panting and sweat glands in their paws to cool down. This means they can overheat much faster than we do, especially during peak sunlight hours. As temperatures rise, the risk of heat-related illnesses become a significant concern. Dogs are susceptible to heat exhaustion and heatstroke, both of which can be life-threatening. Additionally, hot pavements can burn their paw pads causing pain and discomfort.

Here is a handy guide that gives you a risk rating according to temperature.

To keep your dog cool during hot weather, try to:

  • schedule walks during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening.

  • Offer shade whenever it's possible.

  • take water along for any journeys.

  • ensure there is cool water available at all times.

  • Create a cool resting place away from direct sunlight.

By being mindful and taking these precautions, you can help your dog stay safe and enjoy the summer months to the fullest.

Love & licks

Tails of Pawfection

Information given as guidance only, please seek professional advice for any medical concerns.

Image source: Petplan Pet Insurance

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