Though the whole of the UK has been overwhelmed by the heat, it’s not so great for man’s best friend and Gencon want to help, to give tips and advice on how to keep you dog cool for the summer!
If a dog is unhappy in the heat, they may show the following signs:
- Heavy panting
- Their tongue and gums may be bright pink or red
- Their tongue may loll out of their mouth
- They may have a dry and tacky mouth with a mucus-like build up
- They may lie down more often than usual and breathe heavily
- They may vomit
- They may lift their feet awkwardly if the ground is too hot for them
- They may stumble and seem disorientated
Like us humans dogs will lose their appetite when the weather gets hotter, this should not be a big concern unless they start dramatically dropping in the amount they eat or they vomit afterwards and thy also become more irritant, like humans, so leaving them to cool off is the best idea. Darker haired dogs are more likely to feel the heat of the sun, where as, lighter haired dogs could have a potential of being sunburned. You should also NEVER leave a dog in a hot car or an conservatory where the heat can get unbearably hot.
When you do go out to take them for walks, preferably before or after mid-day when the air is cooler, you should always remember to take water so there’s no chance of them feeling hydrated. Dogs also don’t want to be tugged and pulled when feeling hot and irritant, so using a Gencon All in one dog head collar will stop the dog pulling for you and be less annoying for the pooch as well.
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