Despite the enjoyment, there are some precautions that must be considered before allowing your dog to swim. It is important to know your dog's ability and, if they are not a strong swimmer, to avoid deep water or areas with currents.
It is also important to make sure your dog is up to date on his vaccinations and particularly the Leptospira Vaccination which protects against the bacteria found in many sources of water.
Exploring new places!
Dogs are naturally curious and love the opportunity to go somewhere new and exciting!
Dogfriendlybritain.co.uk can help you to locate pubs, hotels, guest houses and camping sites that welcome doggy pals. It is important to remember when you are travelling with your dog in summer that they should never be left in a car alone as they can become over heated very quickly.
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It is also advised to bring water and a drinking container for a long car journey to make sure your dog stays hydrated and happy throughout your travels.
Relaxing at home
Many dogs like nothing more than relaxing or sunbathing in a sunny garden. Yet dogs are prone to suffer from heat stroke so this activity should be monitored closely and avoided at the hottest parts of the day.
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To keep your dog happy and cool at home, make sure water and shade are in plentiful supply and that your house is kept ventilated and breezy with lots of doors and windows open.
Caring for older dogs
Older dogs are most susceptible to suffer from heat stroke and a careful eye should be kept on them over the summer months. If you have an elderly dog it is best to walk them in the coolest parts of the day and try and keep them in shady cool spots, such as under a tree in the garden or on a tiled floor.
Insurance for older dogs can also give you peace of mind if you fear your dog is feeling unwell in the heat or injuries themselves during summer play.