During hot weather in Worcestershire, it becomes crucial to prioritise your dog's safety and well-being. To help keep your furry friend cool and content, the dog-loving nursing team at Clent Hills Vets suggests engaging in enjoyable and safe activities together. Here are a few suggestions to keep your dog active and entertained while staying comfortable.
How hot is too hot for dogs, we hear you ask?
Vet Alun Edwards advises,
- Above 19 degrees Celsius can cause your dog to overheat and become dehydrated
- Above 25 degrees Celsius is too hot for dog walks
- 22 degrees Celsius in a car could reach 47 within the hour
However, some dogs, perhaps if they are overweight, have lots of fur or have health issues, may struggle in lower temperatures.
We also have a helpful guide on what not to do with your dog in the heat – download our infographic and remember to share it with your friends and family.
[5 things NOT to do with your dog when it’s hot]
7 Dog Activities for Hot Weather
1) Swimming: For dogs who adore water, swimming is a fantastic activity that not only keeps them cool but also active. Consider taking your dog to a dog-friendly beach or pool, or you can create a supervised paddling pool in your garden for their enjoyment. We’d love to see photos of your dog enjoying a splash about – go ahead and share them on our Facebook page.
2) Indoor Playtime: When it's too hot to play outside in Worcestershire, bring the fun indoors. You can set up an obstacle course or play hide and seek with your dog.
3) Frozen Treats: Make some homemade frozen treats for your dog to enjoy. You can freeze some of their favorite treats or dog-safe fruit in ice cubes or create a DIY dog-friendly ice cream.
4) Morning/Evening Walks: When planning your dog’s daily walks, Vet Alun Edwards recommends opting for early morning and/or evening walks when it's cooler outside. Dogs won’t die from missing a few walks, but they could easily die from heatstroke...
5) Interactive Toys: Interactive toys, such as treat-dispensing puzzles, can keep your dog mentally stimulated and engaged while they stay cool inside.
6) Shade and Rest: Make sure your dog has plenty of shade and access to cool water when they're outside. Encourage them to rest and take breaks when they need it.
7) Grooming: Keep your dog's coat well-groomed to prevent heat retention. Regular brushing can help remove excess fur and keep your dog's skin healthy. With most dogs loving a good brushing and extra attention from their favourite humans, Alun suggests that grooming will be a bit hit with your pet!
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 Clent Hills’ guide on [5 things NOT to do with your dog when it’s hot].