If the pavement feels too hot for your hand, then it’s too hot for our pets paws.
Walking our dogs in the hot weather is definitely NOT a good idea. Their paws are extremely vulnerable and can quite easily burn on the pavement.
We recommend walking your dogs when the temperature drops either later in the evening or early in the morning.
All of our pets can suffer with heatstroke and need to be kept out of direct sunlight in this hot weather. Animals that are especially at risk, are those that are older or sick.
Brachycephalic breeds like bulldogs or pugs with shorter noses and squashed faces, already commonly struggle to breathe, so really suffer in the hot conditions when they need to pant.
Always provide plenty of water for your pets. Keep them in a cool environment with fans and cool mats if possible.
Remember rabbits too with heatstroke and always keep them in a well shaded area with plenty of drinking water. Make sure you check your rabbit’s bottom twice daily to ensure they haven’t developed flystrike.
Limit any travel in cars if possible. Dogs will die in hot cars in a very short space of time so NEVER leave your dog in yours. Even a few minutes could cost a dog their life. If you do have to travel then take regular breaks, provide water and think about cool mats and other ways to keep the car cool.