Today was even hotter than Tuesday. There was no breeze and as temperatures soared above 30 degrees it was just too dangerous to walk the dogs. Instead we washed and brushed Cleo and Peraud, patted them and gave then treats. Ears were cleaned, matts were clipped, they really did have a good make over! Sunay and Balik really enjoyed a good brush, every little bit of attention that you can give a rescue dog is appreciated!
We then spent some time socialising the pups and took Kalou into the cat house. Kalou is reserved and we know that his new home has cats so we wanted to make ensure that he used to feline friends. I have to say he was a darling in the cattery and as a few cats felt safe enough to rub themselves on him he must have been giving off the right vibes!
As promised we caught up with yesterday’s two arrivals. One has already gone home and the other is lovely Lincoln. Todays arrival was Caramel and there will be more information on both dogs as we get to know them and they have visited the vets.
Continuing this week’s theme, here are a few tips on how to keep your dog safe in the heat:
Exercise your dog early in the morning or late at night. Since these are the cooler parts of the day, this will make the walk more comfortable for both you and your dog. Keep the exercise gentle and do watch your dog for signs of overheating!
Watch for signs of dehydration. Dogs can’t sweat. They cool off by panting, so an overheated dog will drool excessively. It will become lethargic, its eyes will be bloodshot, and it may appear a little pale. If you lift its skin, it will take longer than usual for the skin to fall back into place.
Keep your dog hydrated! Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. Keep in mind that darker coats absorb more heat than lighter coats. Also, overweight dogs are at higher risk for dehydration. Carry a bottle of water when going on a walk with your dog.
Dogs cool from the bottom up. Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when spraying it with water. A wet towel does more good 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 for a swim or paddle!
Be very careful of hot pavements. Try the 30 second rule. If you can’t keep your hand on the pavement for 30 second without feeling uncomfortable then its way too hot for your dog’s paws!
Stay safe in the sun!
Lincoln – More information soon
Caramel , very cute!
Ouch, hot pavements can mean burnt paws!