Warning issued over risk of heatstroke for dogs being walked in high temperatures

Walks early morning or evening are suggested by the RSPCA

A warning has been issued by the Missing Dogs and Strays in Thanet group against walking pets in high temperatures,

The message follows concerns raised over dogs being walked in sweltering heat over the Bank Holiday.

Laura Sullivan, from the group, said: “No dogs have died from missing a walk but heatstroke kills.

“I’m sweating even indoors are you? Uncomfortable in hardly any clothes, how about you? In the car it’s a so hot even with windows open isn’t it? On the beach and the pavements they are damn hot in no shoes aren’t they? Walking, wow I’m getting worn out a lot quicker, are you? Sometimes it’s making me quite grumpy, what about you? Would you know what to do if you suffer heatstroke? So, can I ask why you think your dog needs a walk in it! There is a warning for humans remember this heat affects animals too.”

The RSPCA recommends keeping pets safe by using a pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of the skin, and providing plenty of access to shade and fresh water.

The charity website states: “Dogs need exercise, even when it’s hot. We recommend walking your dog in the morning or evening when it’s cooler to reduce the risk of heatstroke and burning their paws on the pavement.

“Try the 5 second test – if the pavement is too hot for your hands, it’s too hot for paws! You can also look out for…

limping or refusing to walk

licking or chewing at the feet

pads darker in colour

missing part of pad

blisters or redness

Find out more here


  1. I was thinking this just yesterday when I saw several dogs with fluffy coats being walked in the heat. It will be even worse if inside vehicles even with windows open. What is too hot for us must be too hot for pets too!

  2. The best thing to keep dogs paws cool is alcohol it cools a dog down all over the body only problem is your dog must stay away from any form of ignition as it is highly flammable. But excellent if your loved one is suffering from the heat.

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