Adeck is one of the lucky few dogs that do not have to spend a long time with us before being adopted. In fact Adeck only arrived a week or so ago and was spotted on our website by an English couple who already have a giant schnauzer. They were delighted by this over sized fox terrier cross with a soulful expression and happy demeanor and after a little walk to introduce him to their dog he was off to the vets to be identified and away he went!
Although this was great news for Adeck, four others weren’t so lucky and have arrived at the worst time of year. That’s four more and we were already at bursting point! The number of dogs admitted this year far exceeds the figures for last year so you can imagine how low morale is at the refuge tonight. These poor souls are not in for an easy time as those of you who have checked the weather forecast will have seen that it going to get hot hot hot!
As the temperatures begin to soar, life behind bars for the dogs at the SPA becomes really difficult. Although these dogs are desperate for their walk, sometimes it is simply just too hot! This is when we get the paddling pools out and the fun in the sun really begins! Most of the dogs absolutely love splashing about in the pools and it is a delight to watch them chasing each other and frolicking about in the water.
Please don’t forget that in long, hot days, our dogs can suffer from the same problems that we do, such as dehydration and overheating. By following these simple tips, you can keep your pets healthy and happy:
-Never leave your dog alone in a vehicle. Even with the windows rolled down, a car can become a furnace in no time. If you have errands to run, leave your dogs at home.
-Walk your dog during cooler times in the day such as the morning or evening, and be sure not to walk them after a meal. Same goes for playtime.
-Always carry fresh water when traveling with your pet.
-When temperatures are high, don’t let your dog stand on hot pavements. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.
-If you are spending the day at the beach with your pooch, be sure to bring plenty of fresh water. Sandy dogs should be rinsed off after a dip in the sea.
-Keep your dog or cat inside during the heat of the day. If they are outdoors during the day, be sure to provide fresh water and plenty of shade.
-Watch out for signs of overheating including panting and drooling, weakness, an increased heart rate or difficulty breathing. If you notice these symptoms call your vet immediately.
Adeck smiling as he leaves