Summer health tips for your dog

SUMMER is a fab time to enjoy time outdoors with your dog – long walks, great places to explore and opportunities for pet-friendly fun.

However, just like humans, dogs can suffer in hot weather. We all know that hot cars and dogs don’t mix – but there are other things that can leave your pet less than perky as the temperatures rise.

Doggie hayfever

Yes, this is a real condition, and just like us, dogs can be allergic to pollen. Dogs in summertime don’t sneeze, but there are other tell tale signs including; scratching or nibbling at their body, licking or biting their paws, rubbing their face on the furniture or the floor. It is more than likely seasonal, but seek advice on ways to help your dog feel less uncomfortable.


This can be a problem for dogs and in particular, those that are pale coloured or have very short coats. Sore feet from hot pavements is a common problem – so check conditions before taking your dog for walkies and consider going early in the morning or in the evening.

Be BBQ savvy

Let’s face it, very few dogs are going to turn down a sausage from the Barbie – and with potential for a number of guests, there may be more treats around than normal,

Set some ground rules, and if your pet is prone to getting excited, consider popping them indoors out of temptation’s way, or have them on a long lead in a shady place out of the sun and away from the hot BBQ.

Summer can be stressful to pets and their owners, and while a stolen sausage or can in some cases cause an upset tummy – it is worth noting other hidden dangers an inquisitive pooch can come across, with the potential risk of being poisonous.

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Drinks or food containing artificial sweeteners
  • Cooked bones
  • Garden chemicals, like weed killer
  • Insect repellent or citronella candles

John Davies, the co-founder of Lintbells, said “We know how much fun these summer months can be for both owners and their dogs, but we are also passionate about ensuring dogs are kept well. We hope these top summer essential tips help dog owners across the UK to get their furry friends summer-ready and can enjoy the seasons safely.”

For more advice and information visit

Just Dogs Live runs from July 6,7,8 and is a fantastic day out for the whole family. For everything you need to know about the event, visit – and we are delighted to welcome TV vet and animal welfare campaigner Marc Abraham on the Saturday and Sunday.

Why not treat your best friend to a fun filled day out


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