It’s fairly hot in the northern hemisphere at the moment and the prediction is for even hotter weather. I’ll be taking my main walk very early in the morning. I’ll then find myself a nice, cool spot indoors and snooze the day away. If I need to pop out during the day, I’ll make the visit to the garden as brief as possible and have a refreshing drink of iced water afterwards. I may take another stroll in the evening when it’s cooled down enough.
I want to share some advice from the RSPCA with you and then some things that I learnt while living in Spain. If you grow up in a country where it’s an event when the temperature exceeds 20°C (68°F) then there’s a bit of a learning curve when the temperature climbs above 30°C (86°F). There are things that are obvious to someone used to a hotter climate but that we wouldn’t think of until we’ve experienced it.
In this hot weather the interiors of cars rapidly get too hot to be safe and dogs should not be left in them. The RSPCA has issued advice on what to do if you see a dog in a car, showing signs of heatstroke.
Temperatures in Britain are expected to exceed 35°C (95°F) over the coming weeks. At these temperatures it gets much harder to cool down, so it’s important to slow down and take things easy.
I have already given you the advice from the RSPCA about not leaving dogs in cars, but in those temperatures I hardly ever get to go out in the car. My bipeds worry because if you get caught in traffic it can become too hot in the car even with the air conditioning on. If you have to leave the car in the sun, it’s difficult to get back into it because it’s like an oven. In the event of the car breaking down it can be difficult keeping cool while waiting for help to arrive.
It is also important to think about which rooms in the house your animals have access to while you’re out. The room, or rooms, your dog usually stays in may get too hot and you may need to leave access to a cooler spot.
The ground can get very hot in the sun. Bipeds don’t notice this because they almost always wear shoes, but our paws can get burnt.
When you are out and about, it’s worth crossing the street to walk on the shady side. I have always encouraged my bipeds to do this, but by the end of their first summer in Spain it had become second nature to them. If you stop for a rest, or a chat, find some shade so that you aren’t getting hotter while stopped.
It’s always fun to cool down in water. I have lots of fun in rivers and lakes, but it’s also fun when the bipeds turn on the hose pipe in the garden. Just be aware that the first water from the hose pipe can be very hot if the hose pipe has been in the sun, so don’t spray the water on your dog until you’ve checked the water’s cool.
Even in the shade, it can be far too hot for your furry friends. You need to keep an eye on them and make sure they’re not getting too hot. This is especially important for puppies, as they cannot regulate their body heat as well as adults.
You’ve probably guessed where the title for this post came from – here’s the song for you to enjoy.
Enjoy the sunshine, but take care!
See you next Wednesday!