Top tips for dog care over summer

With the warmer weather during the summer months, it is important to take extra care of our four-legged companions. 
Here are five top tips from our experts.
1. Pavement and Tarmac check
Pavements, Tarmac and even Astro Turf can get very hot in the sun and burn little paws.
Before setting off for a walk, hold your hand on the pavement, tarmac or astro turf for five seconds, if it is too hot for you, then it is too hot for paws.
2. Grooming
Warm weather means more unwelcomed fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Brushing away any dead or excess hair on your dog makes the fur less dense, which not only helps protect against pests, but also keeps them cooler.
3. Hydration
Ensuring your dog drinks plenty of water is important throughout the whole year, especially during the warmer season.
When taking your pooch for a walk, bring a water bottle and a portable bowl to prevent them from feeling parched.
4. Walks
Walking your dog in the middle of the day can be too hot and uncomfortable. It would be better to go for a walk early morning or in the evening when temperatures are cooler and much more bearable.
5. Cars
Outside temperatures of 22° Celsius equal 47° Celsius in a car, conservatory or caravan. This can lead to lots of discomfort for your dog in these conditions.

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