As Britain braces itself for another blast of hot weather, mans best friend will need a little more TLC to make sure they’re safe and happy.
From having a water fight with a sprinkler to the crucial signs you should know in case your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, the RSPCA and Dogs Trust have put together their own lists on how to keep your pet happy and safe.
Here are 10 fun and important things you can do to make sure your dog enjoys the hot weather as much as you.
Have a pool party
Most dogs love playing in water. The RSPCA recommends a shallow paddling pool so your dog can jump in and enjoy the cool water on their paws – but stress it is important to keep an eye on them while they’re in the pool.
If they’re not a fan of getting in the pool, they will have fun with a sprinkler!
The hand test
Dogs Trust recommend doing a quick hand test on the pavement or tarmac to double check whether it is cool enough to walk your dog.
If you can’t hold your hand for longer than seven seconds on the floor then it will be too hot for your dogs paws. Dogs Trust also recommend early morning or evening walks when it’s cooler.
Build a fort
Building a fort can be fun for both you and your dog, with the benefits coming from your dog having their own little shady space in the garden.
Most dogs will be drawn to small areas of shade and shelters, so the RSPCA recommends a fort to be perfect for you and your dog.
Symptoms of heatstroke
Dogs Trust have put together five signs of heatstrokes in dogs and what you can do to help.
If you dog starts to pant or drool heavily, vomit, shake, become disorientated or collapse , the dogs charity recommends you immediately find your dog shade and give them small amounts of tepid water – never cold.
They also suggest consulting a vet once their heavy breathing has slowed.
From ice cubes to frozen bananas, the RSPCA has a number of frozen treat recipes you can try out for your dog. You can check them out in the video below.
Dogs in cars
If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, Dogs Trust recommend you call 999.
Just 20 minutes in a hot car can be fatal for dogs, even if a window is left slightly open.
Water, water and more water!
Both Dogs Trust and the RSPCA recommend your dog has easy access to water throughout the day to keep them hydrated and cool.
The RSPCA suggests freezing their water bowl if possible or adding ice cubes to their water or soaking a towel in water and putting it in their bed, in case they go for a rest.
Cool floors or a special dog blanket which can be soaked is another way of helping to keep your pet happy.
Pet safe suncream
Yes, you can get suncream for your pets and it can help a lot in adding an extra layer of protection to your dog.
Dogs Trust recommend layering up on exposed parts of their skin such as the tips of their ears and nose.
There are a host of pet orientated films you can just sit back and watch with your dog.
The RPSCA suggests those with older dogs or a puppy lick on the fan and curl up together to watch a movie.
Learn a new trick
Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? All dogs can be mentally stimulated by using their nose to sniff out treats.
The RSPCA suggests a treat hunt around the garden or house to keep your dog moving and occupied during the hot weather.
The RSPCA goes on to suggest staying at home with your dogs as they can quickly suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke out in the sun.