HOT WEATHER SAFETY for your Dogs

As the hot weather approaches us here in Australia ( and many other parts of the World where you may be ) I’d like to talk about ‘hot weather safety’ for your Pets

HYDRATION:

1.Through water
One of the most critical things to remember is to keep your Dog hydrated. 

We all know we cant force our Dog/s to drink water so here’s some ways to encourage them:
- Make up some ice cubes with a little sprinkle of their favourite treat sprinkled inside. This could be dehydrated liver or chicken; then pop a few in their water bowl with their water
- Ensure water is always refreshed and we know from research now that filtered waters ( bottled, kettle boiled, water filter ) is better than tap water
- Leave additional bowls of water around your home/garden etc
- Using an empty ice-cream container add some water, then freeze, then add
some healthy treats, then add some more water. Freeze this then put a towel down on the floor with the frozen treat for your dog to lick and lie on
- Having your Dog’s centre belly area shaved will allow them to lie on the cool floorboards/tiles etc where it can reach their organs to cool them

2.Through GREEN VEGGIES:
Adding some raw minced green veggies to your Dog’s daily meals....even a tablespoon or 2 can make a significant difference to their hydration. The greens also provide vital nutrients and antibacterial benefits

If you have a Nutribullet or food processor wash some RAW green veggies incl: parsley, broccoli, spinach, box choy, zucchini, lettuce, cucumber etc and blitz it up. Fine veggies will be absorbed by the organs more easily and help to hydrate the organs.....and that’s a good thing for a Dog’s health

Then mix one or 2 tablespoons ( small to medium/large Dogs ) through any food

WALKS & EXERCISE:
Please DO NOT walk your Dog in hot weather.

NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A HOT CAR:
Its just not worth the risk!! The heat inside a car escalates much faster than outside & a Dog can expire within minutes. Their organs will be affected and then it is difficult to turn back from that

 NEVER walk Dogs in the heat:
- On the really hot days please remember that the footpaths/bitumen get very hot and can burn a Dog’s paw pads....try putting your naked foot on the ground!
- Limiting walks on these days is important and will not harm your Dog. Doing a quick toilet break in the shade is the best thing
- Keep your Dog inside in the cool, keeping shades/blinds closed to keep your home cooler

Wishing you all a Safe Summer
Wags
Jen, Mimi and Cookie xxx