I am just back Arran it was really hot on the hills. We had Islay my pal Kalies Collie with us she is a cracking dog and well used to the mountains. Yet we still had to watch her on the heat as she has a real heavy “fur coat”. We ensured she drank plenty of water and followed the burns up the hill to ensure she had plenty to drink. It’s not easy to do on many hills but we also had plenty of stops to cool down. Here is a reminder from Mountaineering Scotland with advice for taking your dog on the hill. It’s well worth a read. Please share
Are you planning to take your dog with you when you head for the hills this weekend?
Remember that while it may be taps aff weather for you, our four-legged friends are stuck with that fur coat and may struggle to cope with the heat. It can cause them a lot of suffering and even to collapse.
Read our advice on dogs and the weather and be your dog’s best friend.
Coping with heat
Many dogs do not cope well with being out in the heat and you should assess how well your dog does walking in hot weather on low level walks before considering taking them into the mountains.
You should always plan your route to take in as much water as possible with rivers and lochans for the dog to cool off naturally. You will also need to carry additional water for your dog and encourage it to drink regularly. Wet food (available in pouches) is better than dried food during hot weather.
Many dogs have pink noses and these are prone to sunburn. A child’s Factor 50 waterproof sun cream should be applied before your walk and regularly throughout the day.
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