Many dogs are left outside, in the garden while their owners are out of the house. Some stay outside all the time, even when their owners are home.
It may seem fine to do so, especially when people say that outdoors is natural to a dog, so they will be happy and ok there.
However sometimes people do not think about their dogs need for shade and cool areas, particularly when temperatures sore in summer.
While dogs may be outdoor animals, being confined to a garden is not natural to them and when they are, they may be unable to find an area to cool down properly in the hot summers.
Did you know that dogs can get sunburnt, particularly on nose and ears?
Are you aware that they can suffer from heatstroke and dehydration which can be fatal?
Sunburn, heatstroke and dehydration are all avoidable if you take the necessary measures to ensure your dog can cool down while outside.
The best option is to allow your dog inside in hot weather, however if you are unable or unwilling to let them indoors then please ensure that they have cool outdoor areas, and not just direct sunshine.
Your dog is dependant upon you, and if left outside with only direct sunshine it will suffer and can even die.
Make sure that there are shaded areas in your garden at all times of the day as the sun moves through the day and shade from a small tree won’t be adequate all day.
There needs to be a properly shaded area for your pet to go and sit or lie down, completely out of the sun.
A dog house, left outside in the sunshine may not be adequate, as it can get very hot inside. It is better to leave the dog house in a sheltered or shaded part of the garden.
If you do not have trees in your garden, consider building a shaded area. Even a large outdoor umbrella can create a shaded area if you have no other option.
Have a good supply of drinking water in a bowl that can’t be knocked over and refill it regularly.
If your dog gets very hot, it may splash the water to cool down, leaving the water bowl empty, so check if it needs refilling.
Keep the water bowl in a shaded area otherwise the water will get very hot from the sun.
A cool, refreshing drink of water can do wonders to help them cool down
My dog is digging
People get so upset if their dog digs a hole in the garden, however often there are reasons they do so. One reason is that they use a hole to lie in and escape the heat.
Find a shaded area in your garden where you are ok with the dog digging, and let them dog dig a hole if they want to. This can pro9vide them with a coold sleeping area, they are not just being naughty.
Our guides to protecting your dogs in summer weather and hot temperatures:
Our dogs are important to us, so taking care of their health is vital.
Knowing how to care for our dogs will ensure they live longer and stay healthier
The information on this page is only a guide to help make you aware. It is not professional veterinary advice. Please consult your vet for any health concerns about your dog