With all the fun that summer has to offer us, sometimes the hot weather that comes with it can be dangerous for our four-legged friends as they are more at risk of suffering a potentially fatal heat stroke.

Hot temperatures can be very dangerous for dogs as they have a difficult time regulating their body temperature. By following the tips below, you’ll be well on the way to ensuring your dog stays safe this summer:

1. Never leave your pet unattended in the car, your dog is not strong enough to endure severe summer heat accumulated inside a car. It can take minutes for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car.

2. Avoid walking on hot days; walk your dog in the morning or evening and make sure you carry water and take frequent breaks. Temperatures below 25 degrees are optimum. Dogs can become very lethargic in the heat so it important to minimise their activities

3. Provide shade; make sure you have adequate shade to shelter your dog from the sun. Hot surfaces, concrete, sand and even artificial grass can quickly burn and blister your dog’s paws instead, try sticking to cooler grassy areas for walks and exercise. Apply 5-second rule, test the surface to see if you can comfortably place your hand onto the hot surface for 5 seconds.

4. Keep your dog well hydrated; ensure your dog has easy access to fresh water at all times. Water dishes should be placed in the shade or kept cold.

5. As an owner, you must also know what to do when your dog is exposed to high temperatures. Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination.

Summer can be a great time to spend with your dog, but it’s important to keep these tips in mind!