8 tips to keep your dog cool as heatwave looms and why owners of bulldogs, pugs and boxers should be extra wary

8 tips to keep your dog cool as heatwave looms and why owners of bulldogs, pugs and boxers should be extra wary

With the growth in pet ownership showing no signs of slowing down, new homes builder Miller Homes  has joined forces with animal welfare charity Blue Cross to reveal the top eight things every dog owner should know ahead of a number of this week’s forecasted heatwave.

By Leanne Clarke
Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 10:37 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 10:39 am

When it gets hotter, dogs can not only feel more uncomfortable, but their risk of sunburn, skin cancer and even a fatal heatstroke can massively increase. First-time owners might not be aware of summer flowers which are toxic to dogs, and the fact that they should never leave their dogs alone in the car – even for a few minutes.

The research comes after lockdown prompted a surge in new dog owners, with market and consumer research portal, Statista, reporting that the number of dogs bought and adopted in the UK increased by more than three million in just two years.

Miller Homes has joined forces with Karly Smith, animal behaviorist at animal welfare charity Blue Cross, to offer advice to the new influx of dog owners as the weather warms up.

Anne Marie Britton, Group Sales and Marketing director at Miller Homes, said: “Following the various lockdowns which initially fueled the rise in dog ownership, the move to hybrid and remote working has helped more people decide to get a dog.

"However, bringing a new dog or puppy into your home is not a simple task, and with the weather expected to get hotter, dogs can become uncomfortable in the heat, which can quickly become dangerous for them. This is why we asked Blue Cross to provide these key tips to help make the summer months safe and secure for your canine friends.”

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