Summer in Surrey – how to keep your dog safe
June 29, 2023
Molesey Vets wants all dog owners to take extra precautions this summer. To keep your dog healthy, they must stay cool and comfortable. Protect their wellbeing and keep them safe using the tips below from our Veterinary Nurse Heather.
What temperatures are comfortable for dogs?
Veterinary Nurse Heather advises that anything over 19 degrees Celsius can cause your dog to become dehydrated or possible overheat.
Anything above 25 degrees Celsius means it is too hot for dog walks. Travelling in the car should also be avoided when it is hot outside. 22 degrees Celsius quickly rises to 47 degrees Celsius within 1 hour – an unsafe temperature for pets and humans alike.
These figures are all based on healthy dogs, yet those with health issues or those who are classed as overweight may struggle in lower temperatures.
Hot Weather Dog Activities
- Swimming: If your dog loves water then swimming is a fantastic way to keep your dog active but cool and comfortable. A supervised paddling pool in your garden is an easy way to get them in the water but if you wanted to venture out, why not head to a dog-friendly beach? Plan your travelling when it’s cooler (early morning or late evening) to keep your dog comfortable in the car.
- Frozen Treats: You can freeze some of your dog’s favourite treats or a selection of dog-safe fruit in ice cubes. This also turns into an interactive activity and makes the treat last a little longer!
- Playing Indoors: If it’s above 22 degrees Celsius, extra care should be taken when it comes to playtime. Bring the fun indoors and play to keep your pet active when it’s too hot to exercise them outside. Vet Nurse Heather suggests getting creative and building them an inside obstacle course!
- Walks when it cools down: Plan your dog’s daily walks based on the temperature. The nurses at Molesey Vets recommend walking either early in the morning or once it has cooled down late evening. This will help to avoid the risk of heatstroke.
- Shade and Rest: Make sure your dog has plenty of shade and access to cool, fresh water when they’re outside. Once inside, make sure they have access to a cooler part of the house, such as the bathroom or tiled kitchen, to find a colder surface to relax on.
- Interactive Toys: Interactive toys, such as treat-dispensing puzzles, can keep your dog mentally stimulated and engaged while they stay cool inside.
- Grooming: Grooming regularly will help to remove excess fur which could be trapping heat against your dog’s body. It will also promote good skin health, essential when it comes to your dog regulating their own temperature. Most dogs love a good brush when it’s hot outside – if it’s followed with a treat, Vet Nurse Heather is sure your dog will be bounding over to be groomed after just a few sessions!
Remember to always keep an eye on your dog’s behaviour and look out for signs of heat exhaustion, such as excessive panting, drooling, and lethargy. By taking these precautions and engaging in fun and safe activities, you and your dog can enjoy the summer while staying cool and comfortable.
Also, remember to check out Molesey Vets’ guide on activities to avoid in hot weather, and don’t forget to share it with other dog owners!