We all love our dogs and want to keep them as safe and as happy as possible. In this blog we have highlighted 18 all-weather safety tips.
We also have a FREE poster "Travelling with your dog" available to download to help ensure all future car journeys you may take with your pooch are safe, too!
- Do not leave dogs in cars (at any time of the year, but especially in summer)
- Stay out of direct sunlight and prioritise shaded paths.
- Touch the ground for 10 seconds with your hand to see if it is too hot for their paws - if it hurts you, it will hurt them, and potentially blister the skin.
- Always provide plenty of water, at home or out and about.
- Regularly groom the dog to remove excess hair that may unnecessarily trap extra heat.
- Limit exposure to ticks and parasites by avoiding long grass.
- Watch out for heatstroke (see our blog on the signs of heatstroke in dogs and how to counter it).
- Watch out for adders as they are venomous - bites are likely to occur in the afternoon, and between April and July.
- Do not leave salt crystals from the sea on a dog's skin as it can cause irritation, and do not let them drink sea water.
- Consider getting the dog a coat to keep them warm and dry.
- Check their paws, especially in between the toes, after being outside for salt and grit, and clean accordingly.
- Stay away from frozen lakes and rivers.
- To prevent frostbite and ice/snow balls from forming, trim the hair on their paws.
- Do not over-trim your dog's coat as keeping it longer than normal provides extra warmth.
- Do not let them ingest antifreeze as it is poisonous. Note that it is sweet and dogs can be attracted to eating it.
- If the dog is being less active and is mostly indoors, slightly reduce their food intake as they are not burning as many calories. If they are outdoors a lot, increase it slightly as they may burn more calories due to the extra effort exerted to maintain a warm body temperature.
- Do not force your dog to go outside in the winter; they may be resisting for a good reason such as it being too cold for them.
- Watch out for excessive shivering and loss of coordination as these could be signs of hypothermia.
Dog-related AnatomyStuff resources:
Further reading / sources:
Summer tips - Dog charity
Summer tips - Veterinary advice
Summer tips - Pet insurance company
Winter tips - Dog charity