I know I have said this all before but its important to remember hot weather effects our animals too.
Anyone with a Pug or Frenchie must take heed. Because of the short faces, and lack of length of nose they can over heat quickly. Ideally do not walk at all on hot days unless you can be up at 6am and off you go for a short walk. Do not walk as the heat rises, and if you wish to walk again after 9pm when it cools down. Keep them in the house with fans on or air con, and you can use cooling mats, or give them cool baths. Not freezing baths because you can shock the system. Or get towels wet and place over the dogs.
For a Vizsla they are sun worshippers, again walk early and late. If they just have a run in your garden for the day its no huge big deal is it. Better to be cool than over heat and die.
Remember when walking on tarmac put the Palm of your hand on the surface and if its too hot for your hand, its too hot for their paws.
Do not let your Vizsla lay in the sun. They will lay in the sunshine and cook themselves quite literally as they love the heat, but a Vizsla can get sun stroke quickly. If your vizsla has sticky drool, lethargic, collapse its got sunstroke. You must bring the temperature down quickly, but dont dunk in cold water. Get a cold towel and lay on the dog, and with the phone in your other hand ring your vet. A vet will see the dog and put on a drip to hydrate the dog and give any other medication needed. Think safety, think for your dog!!
Put water bowls down and add some ice in the water. I actually give my dogs cold water from the fridge to drink, they seem to appreciate it. You can also fill plastic bottles with water and add in the bed to cool them down as well. I used to say give ice cubes but since reading how ice can cause a spasm in some breeds and bad belly ache, to bloat its probably better not to give ice cold cubes for dogs to eat. Fruit wouldn’t be as cold if frozen so you could freeze some strawberry’s or raspberries or blueberries if your dogs a fruit eater. Or mash banana and put in a kong, and place in freezer so the dog licks the frozen banana. You can do it with apples as well.
Mrs Rachel Savage