We’ve had several very hot days this week (which my Northern Hemisphere readers may be jealous of). For a responsible dog owner, this means being aware of the changes in temperatures and adjusting the care routine accordingly.
Whereas in the winter our early morning walks are something that we often endure with the deep winter darkness and chilling cold, now we get to stroll in moderate temperatures and enjoy sunrises like these:
Of course, it’s also a season when Izzy has to stay home rather than visiting clients because the car is simply too hot for her. If we needed any further reminder of the dangers, a dog had to be rescued from a car in Dunedin on Thursday.
So my advice is to be aware of your dog’s tolerances for both heat and cold (too many dogs are left outside in harsh winter climates, when they should be cared for with warmth and shelter). It’s part of being a responsible dog owner.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand