Tips on caring for your dogs in hot weather

Pale-coloured dogs and cats are vulnerable to sunburn and, in particular, their ears and noses. Try to keep your pet indoors when the sun is at its strongest, between 11.00am and 3.00pm. If this is not possible, make sure you apply non-toxic sunblock on their vulnerable areas, and keep them out of the sun as much as you can.

Your dog must have access to clean water at all times, ideally fill up a large bowl and make sure it is always topped up. Older animals are extremely vulnerable to dehydration.

Dogs can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes. Never leave your dog alone in a car – even with the windows open, and avoid exercising during the heat of the day. Watch out for the tell tale signs of heatstroke, which could include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling. If this happens, remove your dog to a cool place, wet the coat and contact a vet immediately.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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