Keeping your dog safe whilst out and about this summer

If you’re planning on getting out and about in the UK this summer, whether just for the day or for a longer period, we have some tips and advice for you and your pet.

With so many dog-friendly campsites, holiday cottages, hotels and caravans available, your dog will enjoy the adventure just as much as you. Dog-friendly beaches and parks are the perfect settings for your canine companion who loves to play; but you should always take care to ensure you and your dog are prepared in advance.

Before setting out, you should ensure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and that they have had their flea, tick and worming treatment. We can advise on the best treatments to protect your dog, to keep those pesky minibeasts at bay. Remember if your pet is signed up to our Pet Health For Life Plan their flea, tick and worming treatment is included.

A new or unusual environment could confuse your dog and if the worst happens and you get separated, it’s important that you can be reunited quickly and easily. All dogs must be microchipped by law, and you could be fined up to £500 if they are not. Before leaving, please take 5 minutes to check that your contact details stored on the chip are up to date and a mobile number is available, particularly if you are not at home, so that you can be contacted wherever you are.

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Planning your journey before your departure is important to ensure you know where you can stop to allow your dog to stretch their legs, get some fresh air and have some fresh clean water.

It’s also very important to ensure your dog is correctly restrained if you’re taking them out on the road – for both their safety and yours. A travel cage, harness or dog guard can keep your dog secure for travel; make sure it’s correctly fitted and from a recommended manufacturer.

Regulate the temperature in the vehicle and ensure your dog isn’t in direct sunlight whilst you’re moving or stationary, as overheating can lead to heat stroke.

If your dog has not been on many car journeys, or is not used to travelling in the car, we would recommend taking them on some shorter journeys beforehand in preparation.

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As soon as the sun comes out, many of us will head to the beach. Do check in advance that dogs are allowed, as some have a dog-free policy in place at certain times in the year.

It is also important to be aware of the potential dangers the environment can bring. Eating sand and drinking seawater can be dangerous to your dog, so do be aware of what they’re up to whilst you’re enjoying yourselves.

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Like humans, dogs can be affected by high temperatures. Sunburn, footpad burns, dehydration and heatstroke can all occur, causing discomfort and potential fatalities. If you’re feeling the effects of a hot summer’s day, your dog will be too. Ensure you have a supply of cool, fresh water and stay out of direct sunlight where possible. To protect your pet, we would advise keeping your pet indoors between 10am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.

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Click here to have a read through our list of our top 10 summer hazards, for some other things to consider to keep your pet safe.

As always, if you need any help or advice, please get in touch with us.

Here’s to a happy and healthy summer for you and your dog!