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** CARING FOR YOUR DOGS IN HOT WEATHER**

Here are a few tips from Julies Equestrian and Pet Services to keep your pets safe during this hot weather we are currently experiencing .

Exercising your dogs in the early morning or evening is recommended (we provide toilet breaks and outdoor shade time when the weather is too hot). Remember that hot pavements can injure or BURN your pet’s paws. Try this quick tip: Place the back of your hand on the pavement; if you can’t hold it for five seconds, it’s too hot to walk your dog. Try taking your dog to a field instead of walking along pavements or roads.

NEVER leave your pets in your vehicle. Hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion each year because they are left in parked vehicles. Many pet owners don't realise that even if they leave the windows slightly open (or the air conditioner running), temperatures can still rise quickly and put pets at risk of serious illness or even death.

Watch for signs of dehydration. Dogs CAN’T sweat……They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. Your dog may become lethargic, eyes will become bloodshot, and they may appear a little pale. If you lift there skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.

- Dogs cool from the BOTTOM UP. Make sure to spray their paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog when spraying them with water. A wet towel does a better job on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat.

Use hot weather as an excuse to SWIM more often. The best activity you can do in summertime or hot weather is swimming. Instead of walking the dog, take the dog on a swim! However, please ensure you do not put yourself or your dog at risk.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for any further advice or support with your pets!