This summer we are expecting some beautiful hot weather. But remember if you're hot, your dog is even hotter.
When humans need to cool down, our bodies perspire / sweat. Dogs do not have sweat glands. They cool down through their tongues (that mouth open panting you see), and through the pads in their feet.
Below are a few things to think about when you head outside.
1. Carry water with you at all times.
We're not saying our Pet Water Bottles are the only way to take water for your dog, but they certainly are the best.
2. Walk your dog on the grass, not on the tarmac - you're probably wearing shoes - your dog is not. A rule-of-thumb says if you cannot touch the tarmac for 5 seconds, it's too hot for your dog's paws.
3. Don't leave your dog in the car in this heat, not even for a few minutes. When it's warm outside, your car effectively becomes a sauna. You know that rush of heat you feel when you open the car door after it's been parked in the sun? It doesn't take at all long to reach that temperature. And your dog can die from heat stroke in a matter of minutes in that kind of heat.
And by the way, this season, the police have already been smashing windows when they come across cars with dogs locked inside. A vet will be called out, which you will be billed for, and not to mention you will need to deal with the damage to your car. And if that's not enough warning, you can be arrested and charged for animal cruelty and neglect.
4. Think about a sunscreen for your dog's nose and exposed parts, especially if you're going for a long walk, and put some on yourself too.
5. And finally, when it's exercise / play time, a little cool off may be a very nice idea.
Please key an eye on your furry friends.
With love from
The Long Paws Team