DOG owners have been warned of warm weather as thousands plan to vacation in the UK.
The Kennel Club, which is dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs, has issued a new warning about the risks during hot spells.
Dogs can get heat stroke, and while most people know they shouldn’t leave one in the car, most cases are caused by exercise.
Nick Sutton, a health expert at the Kennel Club, said, “It’s getting warmer and while we may be enjoying the sun, owners need to be aware that dogs are not as good at handling hot weather as we are.
“When it’s hot, dogs are mostly cooled by panting, but sometimes that’s not enough. When their temperature rises they can get very sick and it can be fatal.
Some dogs are at higher risk of heat stroke, including obese dogs and flat-faced breeds such as bulldogs, French bulldogs, and pugs.
It is important that dog owners are aware of signs of heat stroke, such as:
When a dog suffers heat stroke, its owners must take it to a veterinarian as soon as possible, and they can also cool the dog down by treating the skin and coat with water.
There has been an increase in the number of people going on vacation in the UK due to current travel restrictions. These trips likely include car trips in the summer months when the cars can be at their hottest.
Mr. Sutton added, “If you plan to take your four-legged friend on an extended adventure away from home, make sure they are safe and comfortable at all times.
“Keep your dog cool, consider the best time to exercise, and make sure he has water to drink.
“We urge dog owners to plan their trips carefully and to ensure that any places they visit or plan to stay are dog-friendly to avoid leaving their dog in the car.
“If it’s really hot, consider postponing it as it may not be safe or comfortable for your four-legged friend.”
If you are traveling with a dog, the Kennel Club recommends keeping a cool and comfortable spot in the car, stopping regularly, and making sure the dog has access to water.
They also suggest that people avoid traveling during the hottest times of the day and never leave the dog alone in the car.