Hot Weather Guidelines: Ensuring the Well-being of Pets during Scorching Temperatures

Hot Weather Guidelines

Following the Met Office Red Weather Warning announcement this week, NarpsUK would like to provide additional guidance to our members regarding carrying out bookings in hot weather conditions. While the extreme heat can pose challenges for walking dogs and pet care, it is crucial to prioritize the welfare of the animals in your care. Here are some key steps to take:

1. Adjust Service Times: When possible, reschedule services to cooler parts of the day, such as mornings or evenings. Avoid scheduling walks between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm when temperatures are at their highest. This adjustment ensures greater comfort for both you and the pets you care for.

2. Seek Shady Areas: Opt for walking routes that offer ample shade, such as woodlands or areas with trees. Direct sunlight should be avoided, as it can be harmful to pets. Shady areas also have cooler ground surfaces, reducing the risk of paw burns.

3. Reduce Walk Times: If clients insist on dog walks, shorten the duration of each walk. A ten-minute walk in the shade can provide a necessary potty break and some interaction while minimizing exposure to excessive heat. This approach helps dogs cope until cooler evening temperatures.

4. Carry Pet Care Essentials: Always have an adequate supply of water with you during walks or visits. Keeping pets hydrated is essential in hot weather, and providing access to water ensures their well-being.

5. Consider Alternative Services: If walking is not suitable due to extreme heat, offer alternative services. A pop-in service allows you to let the dog into the garden, provide fresh water, and engage in indoor play to break up their day while avoiding prolonged outdoor exposure.

While some businesses may choose not to operate during these hot weather conditions, we encourage our members to use common sense and work in a manner that benefits the welfare of the pets. Leaving dogs alone indoors all day can also pose risks. Remember to take care of your own well-being by staying hydrated and protecting yourself from the heat and sun.

For further information on walking and caring for pets in hot weather, we recommend the following resources:   

Stay cool during these upcoming days and prioritize the well-being of the pets you care for. For more pet care resources and to stay updated with NarpsUK.

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