Tips for Keeping your Dog Happy and Healthy in the Hot Weather

Whilst a lot of us Brits are enjoying the heat of what could potentially turn out to be the hottest summer we’ve had in a very long time, some of us are struggling in the heat, and the same goes for our four legged friends.

dogs on a beach in hot weather

Pet owners will of course be conscious of how their dogs are coping in the warm weather, and whilst they can regulate their temperature better than us humans, there are a number of signs to be aware of to gauge their potential discomfort. So if you are planning on bringing your dog to one of our North Wales caravan parks, take a look at our guide below on how to spot if your dog is struggling in the heat:

The signs

If your pooch is unhappy in the heat, they may display the following signs:

  • Heavy panting
  • Bright pink or red tongue and gums, with the tongue lolling out of their mouth
  • Vomiting
  • They appear disorientated
  • They may lift their feet awkwardly if the ground is too hot
  • Lying down more frequently and breathing heavily

Things to Remember

Like us humans, dogs will lose their appetite in the heat and may eat less than usual. This is not an immediate cause for concern, unless there is a significant drop in how much they eat, or if they vomit after eating. Darker-furred dogs will absorb more sunlight, meaning they will feel the heat more, whereas lighter-furred dogs are more susceptible to sunburn. The types of dog who are more likely to suffer in the heat include bulldogs, greyhounds, pugs and others with thick fur. This list, however, is not exhaustive and any dog can feel the heat. And a word of warning, dogs can become cranky and irritable in the heat (much like many humans!) so be a bit wary about their behaviour and try not to wind them up!

So how can you help your dog? There are a few ways you can help your dog to cope with the warmer weather, and the first is to ensure they always have access to plenty of fresh water throughout the day. When you take your dog out for a walk, try and avoid taking them out around midday when it is likely to be the hottest temperature, and avoid strenuous exercise between 11am and 4pm.

Make sure you take water with you when your dog is out so they can stay hydrated at all times. When you are out and about, avoid walking your dog on dark surfaces that absorb sunlight, as they can blister your dog’s paws if it is too hot, making it very painful for them to walk. You should also avoid feeding your dog within an hour either side of exercise to avoid bloating and gastrointestinal problems which become more common in hotter weather.

You may also consider clipping your dog’s coat to make the weather more bearable if they have a lot of hair, or you could invest in a refrigerated cooling coat which can be worn by your faithful friend to keep their temperature down! These are just a few helpful tips which can help keep your dog happier in the hot weather, but as ever, if you have any concerns about their health or welfare, contact a vet immediately.

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