‘Hot dogs’ warning
Remember to look after your pets this summer
“We have received a number of complaints about dogs biting people and other dogs, and we believe the hot weather is partly responsible," commented Alison Waine, the council’s environmental protection officer for animals
"Even a beloved family pet can act differently, so I would urge dog owners to take the appropriate steps to ensure their dog is happy in the heat.”
Here are a few hints and tips:
- Don’t let children pester your dog to play games or have hugs
- Ensure there is a quiet, cool place for your dog to retreat to
- Don’t let your dog get overexcited.
- If a game is played, make sure it is a calm game rather than a ‘fetch’ game
- Don’t take your dog to a party or barbeque.
- Crowds, alcohol and hot dogs don’t mix.
- If the dog has to be there, please follow the tips above Heat stroke is also a huge concern in hot weather.
- Signs can be excessive panting, retching, an inability to swallow and collapsing.
- Dogs most at risk are old dogs, puppies, and short-nosed breeds such as boxers.
To prevent heat stroke, please follow these guidelines:
- Ensure your dog has plenty of fresh water at all times
- Walks should be taken during the coolest part of the day (early or late)
- Give your dog water during walks.
- If your dog does show signs of heat stroke, try to cool its temperature by moving the dog to a shaded area, offering water and pouring water over it.
- Get it to a vet immediately if it does not respond to being cooled down.
- Don’t leave your dog in the car.
- Car fans and open windows are not enough to combat rising temperatures.
- Don’t take your dogs on unnecessary car journeys.
- Ensure your dogs are in a cool space in the house.
- Don’t leave your dog in the conservatory.
- Don’t leave your dog outside unless absolutely necessary.
And if it is necessary, make sure there is a shaded space with access to water.