Keep cool – how to help your dog beat the heat

 Trips to the beach, playing in the park, a nice bowl of cold water on a hot day, there are lots of ways to help your pup keep cool in the hotter months. But the heat and sun pose unique risks to dogs of all breeds, meaning owners have to take extra care of their furry friends. To make the most of the summer sun – keep your canine companions happy and healthy by using these tips and tricks:

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  1. When you’re out and about, never, ever leave your pooch in the car. Temperatures rise rapidly, and can be lethal.

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2. Your dog will love sunny walks in the park, but make sure to keep them safe by thoroughly checking your furry friend for ticks and seeds after a trip outside.

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3.Make sure to always have fresh, clean, cool water available for your dog in order to prevent dehydration.

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4. It’s easy to forget, but concrete and sand can become extremely hot in the summer, making some surfaces painful for dogs to walk on. Avoid walking on hot surfaces, or consider getting some little boots or socks to prevent burnt paws.

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5. Try not to exercise your dog during the hottest times of the day, instead walking your dog in the early morning or in the evening. Let your dog take breaks in shaded areas so they can cool down.

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6. On hot days, your pooch will love lying on a cool, wet towel. Cooling down a dog’s tummy quickly reduces their overall temperature.

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7. Your pooch may think he wants a doggy paddle, but be careful. Keep close watch of your dog while they’re swimming and watch out for powerful undercurrents and other swimmers.

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8. We all know that dogs love playing on the beach, but did you know that dogs shouldn’t drink salt water? Water from the ocean can cause dehydration, vomiting, and diarrhoea.

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9. Longer coats, especially when matted or tangled, can lead to overheating, so take your dog for a quick groom once it starts getting hot.

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10. Make sure to discard uneaten food quickly. The summer heat can quickly make food stale, which can not only attract flies, but also make your canine companion sick.

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