yorkshirepost.co.uk 22 Jul, 2021 20:00 am

Never leave dogs in vehicles, check for early signs of heatstroke, close curtains: Tips from Yorkshire canine experts on how to protect your dog from a heatwave and thunderstorms

Never leave dogs in vehicles, check for early signs of heatstroke, close curtains: Tips from Yorkshire canine experts on how to protect your dog from a heatwave and thunderstorms

The experts have collated a list of protective measures for your dog to protect them from hot temperatures.Davina Hinde, veterinary surgeon at Bainbridge Vets, based in Leyburn, discusses very important tips to protect your dog, including looking out for early signs of heatstroke.Gretta Ford, a clinical animal behaviourist at The Pitter Patter of Tiny Paws, talks about the many things you can do to protect your dog from thunderstorms.“Dogs may struggle to keep cool in these hot temperatures, especially brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds such as pugs and French bulldogs, older dogs and dogs with existing conditions such as heart problems,” she said.

“Make sure adequate ventilation is available at all times, avoid exercising your dog in the heat of the day, provide shade from the sun, especially in the hottest parts of the day, watch out for early signs of heatstroke such as heavy panting, restlessness and lack of coordination.An alternative to walking, which tires them out just as much if not even more, is scent work.

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