On beautiful sunny days, it’s easy to pack a picnic and head to the park or set out on a long walk forgetting how prone to heat stroke dogs can be. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your pointy faced friend cool this summer, allowing you to enjoy the sunshine together!
1. Keep dogs out of the midday sun. If your dog is anything like Bella they would sunbathe ALL day if they could. For dogs like this, it is important to bring them indoors over the hottest part of the day. For those who are a little more sensible, make sure there is a cool, shaded area for them to lie in to escape the midday heat.
2. Provide plenty of fresh water. It may be an obvious one. However, it can be surprising how quickly water gets lapped up and bowls empty in the heat. Check water bowls and top up regularly.
3. Stick to early morning and late evening walks to avoid the hottest part of the day. Always bear in mind that pavements and roads can get extremely hot. Wait until late evening for pavements to cool or even better stick to shaded woodland walks or grassy parks.
4. Dogs cool from the bottom up. Lying your dog down on a wet towel or spraying paws & stomach with cool water will help to cool them down quickly.
5. Remember dogs can get heat stroke too! If you are worried that your dog may have heat stroke or is dehydrated, consult your emergency vet.
What do the Pointy Faces team get up to on a sunny evening?
We’re very lucky and live a short drive from the beach. On summer evenings, we like nothing more that visiting the beach after work. Bella and I enjoy paddling in the shallows. We have the very important job of holding Bella’s other humans clothes while he enjoys a quick swim. Of course, Bella’s favourite part of visiting the beach is when we stay for a BBQ and share a sausage or two!
Whatever it is you and your pointy faced friend do to enjoy the sunshine, we hope that you have a lovely weekend!
Meg & Bella 🐾
We would love to hear how you and your pointy faced friend have been enjoying the sunshine. Please do get in touch and let us know.