It’s been a funny year for weather, with storms, heatwaves, hail, wind – it really has been four seasons in one day at times! 
For our four legged friends, the heat can be a real issue – overheating, burning paws or simply trying to find a way of cooling down when wearing a massive woollen coat can all be a problem. To try and make sure that dogs here in Woughton stay safe, we have gathered some information that may be helpful – we will also be working with animal charities to try and have regular updates and info sessions to help keep all the furry fluff balls happy, healthy and safe. 
With thanks to all those who helped with this, see below useful links. 
Quick info (and most of this works for humans too!) 

There are lots of fun things you can do to help your dog cool down on hot summer days. 

Keep hydrated. It’s important that your dog drinks enough in hot weather so they don’t get dehydrated. Take a look at our tips on helping them keep up their fluids. 
Stick to the shade. Does your dog love to spend time in the garden? Make sure they have a shady spot to lounge in. Trees and shrubs create natural shade but you can also hang a tarpaulin or put up a gazebo to give your dog somewhere cool to mooch about. 
A paddling pool for paws. A shallow paddling pool or washing up bowl filled with cool water can give your dog a chance to cool off their paws. Keep a close eye on them around water to make sure they’re safe. 
Create a cool room. Some dogs will seek out a tiled floor on hot days as they’re nice and cool to lie down on. You could also set up a fan for them or an area with some cool, damp towels for your dog to lie on. 
Ice packs and cool pads. You may be able to buy cooling beds and mats from your local pet shop for your dog to lie on. If you can’t find them, an alternative is to wrap ice packs in a towel and pop that in your dog’s bed to cool it down. 
Woughton has LOADS of dogs, cats and other pets – we hope this will help ensure they can all stay well. 
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