Dogs Trust has issued advice to help hounds beat the heat.
Chris Laurence, Veterinary Director of Dogs Trust says: “While enjoying fun in the sun please remember that dogs can suffer from the same problems that humans do including overexposure to the sun, overheating, dehydration and even sunburn.”
The charity advises:
• Never leave your dog in the car as this can lead to quick fatality. Even parking in the shade is very dangerous as temperatures in the car can still soar.
• If you are travelling anywhere by car with your dog make sure you have a supply of water.
• Walk your dog in the morning and evening when the weather is cooler and make sure shady spots and drinking water are available.
• Clip the fur of particularly hairy hounds and apply canine sun cream to areas most likely to burn, such as ears, nose, and belly. Human sun cream can be toxic so buy a special pet version from your local pet shop.
• Be extra vigilant with older, short-nosed or overweight dogs as they are more prone to overheat. In a real emergency wet your dog thoroughly with cool water, never iced, and use a household fan to blow cool air over his head and body. Seek urgent veterinary attention.
• If your dog takes a dip in a lake or pool make sure you rinse him afterwards as soon as you can. Never allow your dog to drink from ponds unless the water is clear as algae in the water can produce toxins that are rapidly fatal.


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