How to keep your dog safe in the hot Summer

At this time of the year in Hong Kong, temperatures can rise dramatically and the sun can be intense throughout the day. Your pet may be at risk of heat stroke, so here are our tips for helping your pet stay safe in the hot Summer:

1. Give your dog plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure there is a shaded place where they can cool off when the sun is too hot.

2. Be careful not to over-exercise your dog, as this raises their temperature.

3. Avoid taking your dog outside in extreme heat during the daytime. Walk your dog in early morning or at night time.

4. Pay extra attention to dogs with flat faces like pugs or French bulldogs, as they can’t pant as effectively as other breeds, making it harder for them to cool down.

5. Trimming your dog’s long hair in Summer is OK, but avoid shaving them. The layers of their coat actually protect them from overheating and sunburn.

6. Try to avoid taking your dog for walks on asphalt, particularly when the sun is out. The tar can heat up very quickly and as your pet is closer to the ground, it can heat their body, as well as burn their paws.

Follow the 5-second rules before walking your dog:
Place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you can’t hold it there for 5 seconds, it’s too HOT to go for a walk!

7. Never leave a dog in a parked vehicle as temperatures can be significantly higher inside the car and can lead to heatstroke.

If your four-legged friend starts to show any of these signs, you should immediately take your dog to a cool spot in the shade, giving them plenty of water, pour water on their head and neck to cool down the body temperature, and consult your vet asap:

– Excessive panting
– Breathing difficulties
– Increased heart rate
– Weakness or collapsing
– Seizures, diarrhea or vomiting

How to protect your dog in the hot summer