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Caring for your Dog when its warm outside

Grove Vets Ballymena are excited about the promised hot weather and have recently read that when it’s 22°C outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47°C within 60 minutes.We hopefully will see some hot temperatures this week in Ballymena so here are some top tips to make sure your pet doesn’t overheat.

Caring for your Dog when its warm outside

Caring for your Dog when its warm outside

The RSPCA have provided some great advice for dog owners;

  • Dogs pant to keep cool. In hot stuffy cars dogs can’t cool down – leaving a window open or a sunshield on windscreens won’t keep your car cool enough. Here are out tips which will keep you dog from overheating in hot weather.
  • Your dog must always be able to move into a cooler, ventilated environment.
  • Never leave dogs alone in cars, glass conservatories or caravans even if it’s cloudy.
  • If you do leave dogs outside, you must provide a cool shady spot where they can escape from the sun.
  • Always provide good supplies of drinking water, in a weighted bowl that can’t be knocked over. Carry water with you on hot days.
  • Groom dogs regularly to get rid of excess hair. Give long-coated breeds a haircut at the start of summer.
  • Never allow dogs to exercise excessively in hot weather.

If you are the owner of a pug then please remember to be extra careful. If it is an extremely warm day then you may want to take them for their walk early in the morning or when it cools down at night. Stay off hot pavements and make sure they have lots of cool water to drink.
Grove Vets in Ballymena don’t want to see dogs suffer in the heat this summer. If you have a dog please feel free to get in touch with the staff here at Grove Veterinarian Centre in Ballymena. If you are worried about your dog call 028 2565 6023 to make an appointment for your pet.