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28th May 2020

Here’s how to keep your dog safe and sound during the hot weather

Rebecca O'Keeffe

Keep them safe and sound in the heat.

As temperatures continue to rise in Ireland this week, spare a thought for your precious doggo.

We may love the sun, heatwaves, and everything in between, but our pets can sometimes find the hot weather a bit too much.

Last year, the ISPCA shared some handy tips and advice on how to help keep your pets safe during the hot weather – and we’d do well to heed them again as we enter into the hottest day of the year. 

“We all love the summer sunshine, but please plan in advance if you are bringing your pet anywhere with you in hot weather ensuring they won’t be left in a hot car for any length of time,” said ISPCA’s Carmel Murray.

“Avoid walking your dog during intense heat, early morning or evening walks is always best when it’s cooler.”

“If the pavement is too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws.  Always have fresh cool water available and access to shade from the sun.”


Carmel added:

“If you pet is showing signs of severe overheating, move them to a cooler area immediately, spray with cool (not cold) water, and give a small drink of water and contact your vet.”

“It is important to know the signs of overheating such as increased heart rate with excessive panting and drooling, drowsy or out of sorts, vomiting or diarrhoea”.

The ISPCA also reminded pet owners that “dogs can die if left in hot cars.”

Pet owners often think leaving a window open is sufficient for their pet but this is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine.

Leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle during hot weather, even for 10 minutes, can prove to be fatal.

Please mind your furry friends during this heatwave.