Posted: Tue 13th Jun 2023

RSPCA: Experts’ top tips for keeping your pooch cool this summer

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jun 13th, 2023

With the summer season in full swing and temperatures already soaring, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and a team of animal welfare experts have issued crucial advice for dog owners to help their pets stay comfortable in the heat.

As visits to the RSPCA’s hot weather advice pages on its website increase substantially during this period, the charity is striving to ensure that the message of animal safety reaches all corners of the UK.

Among the tried and tested strategies proposed are creative solutions such as making frozen dog treats, establishing a ‘cooling cave’ within the home, and placing several water bowls around your living space.

The experts also suggest wrapping an ice pack in a tea towel or using damp towels for your pet to lie on, and introducing a paddling pool for your dog to play in while supervised.

Importantly, the RSPCA has also advised dog owners to consider staying indoors during peak heat hours, swapping a walk for an engaging brain game or freezing a Kong toy with kibble and peanut butter to keep your dog occupied.

The RSPCA’s message is clear and straightforward: “If in doubt, don’t go out!”

The charity is particularly concerned that despite increased public awareness of the risks of leaving dogs in hot cars, many pets are still being inadvertently put at risk in situations where soaring temperatures pose dangers.

Esme Wheeler, dog welfare specialist at the RSPCA, underscored the severity of the issue, stating, “These situations can pose a huge risk to our beloved dogs, right under our noses, and actually be a ‘silent killer.’ We want to raise awareness to every dog owner to remember ‘if in doubt, don’t go out’”.

A 2022 survey by the British Veterinary Association found that four times as many vets had seen at least one dog affected by the heat after being walked or exercised in hot weather, compared to dogs left in a hot car.

Ms. Wheeler added a note of caution, pointing out that all breeds and types of dogs are at risk, particularly those with underlying health conditions, elderly or overweight dogs, dogs with thick or double coats, and some large, flat-faced breeds.

The RSPCA website provides further detailed advice on keeping dogs safe in hot weather.

Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: [email protected]
Latest News

  • Meet the Deeside fighter who went from shy, overweight kid to pro heavyweight
  • Connah’s Quay’s Royal composer Paul Mealor joins elite club after receiving rare award from King
  • Queensferry Sports transformed by regeneration grant

  • More...

    Meet the Deeside fighter who went from shy, overweight kid to pro heavyweight

    News

    Connah’s Quay’s Royal composer Paul Mealor joins elite club after receiving rare award from King

    News

    Queensferry Sports transformed by regeneration grant

    News

    Failing to make changes to black bin collections – not an option, says Flintshire Council

    News

    Flintshire sports clubs get set for summer with funding from Police and Crime Commissioner

    News

    Lush Broughton celebrate 1st birthday with free product making and competitions

    News

    Thousands of Flintshire families to receive summer financial aid for food bills

    News

    Number of patients waiting for NHS treatment reaches record high in Wales

    News

    Police issue warning over scam targeting North Wales petrol stations

    News