Dog owners are urged to keep pets safe in the sun

As lockdown restrictions ease for people, dog owners are being urged to safeguard their pets as the weather heats up this summer.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 4:56 pm

The Dogs Die in Hot Cars coalition group has launched a ‘doggy lockdown’ during heatwaves for our beloved pets this summer, in a bid to keep them safe as the weather hots up.

Dogs Trust veterinary director Paula Boyden said: “We’re all pleased that lockdown is finally easing and we can begin to safely see our loved ones again, and get out and about to enjoy the warm summer weather.

“But we’re urging pet owners to consider keeping their pets at home during the hottest parts of the day when temperatures can soar.

“While it’s important to exercise your dog and continue to meet their welfare needs, sometimes it is in their best interests to leave them at home for short periods if you’re going out to enjoy the hot weather and leave their walkies until the cooler evenings or early morning.

“This year, the Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign group is launching the ‘Stay home, Protect dogs, Save lives’ message in a bid to prevent any pets from suffering during the hot weather.”

Top tips for pet owners this summer

Avoid exercising your pet during excessively hot weather and walk early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cooler.

Remember that pavements can get very hot and may burn your pets’ paws.

Don’t let your pet get sunburnt - use pet-safe sun cream.

Know the early signs of heatstroke which include panting, difficulty breathing, tiredness, less keen to play, drooling and vomiting and take immediate action.

Ensure animals have access to shade and fresh drinking water at all times.

Use a cooling mat or wrap an ice pack or frozen water bottle in a tea towel for your pet to lie on.

Use cold treats from the fridge for added moisture or make an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients.

Never leave your pet in a vehicle, caravan, conservatory or outbuilding in the warm weather as they can quickly overheat, even if it doesn’t seem particularly hot to you.