The annual Stratford River Festival is only a few days away now and telling by the weather forecasts, it’s going to be a good weekend. The two-day free festival is set to take place on the 30th June and the 1st July 2018. Last years previous festival managed to break the record for the number of people attending the festival, with over 70,000 visitors to the beautiful town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. This year we suspect that the festival to break records again with even more visitors.
The festival will be covered by Stratford’s very own Welcombe Radio, in which we will feature on their show on Friday talking about the Stratford River Festival and how you can keep your pets safe at the festival.
Planning on taking the family dog with you?
All of us here at Riverside Vets understands that when the weather is going to be so nice and your planning on being out of the house all day, it is only right that you bring your animals with you too. The fresh air, the exercise and the since dogs are very social creatures, they love to meet new people and other dogs.
However, taking your dog with you to the Stratford River Festival may seem to be a great idea, there are many things you do need to consider before the event.
The weather forecast is looking very good for us this weekend. With the heat being forecasted to reach 27°C. The heat can create many issues for a lot of different dog breeds. Breeds that typically enjoy the colder weather (like Huskies and Chow Chows) due to their thick coats of fur can really struggle in the hotter weather. If left in the intense heat, any dog can suffer from a heat stroke. However, it is not just dogs that can suffer from the heat, other animals like horses can suffer from heat strokes.
With the heat comes dehydration. Like humans, animals can easily become dehydrated in the hot weather. If you notice that your animal is panting excessively from not doing much, then it could be that they are dehydrated from the heat. To make sure that your animal is safe from the summer sun, it is always best to have a spare water bottle on you to give to them when they get too hot.
DO NOT LEAVE IN THE CAR!
As simple as this is, some people seem to forget that the car is essentially a greenhouse when left in the sun. The lack of fresh air, only small amount of water and the heat being trapped by the car can cause your dogs to overheat which will lead to them suffering from a heat stroke.
Keep off hot pavements
When the weather is especially hot, the pavement can become very dangerous to walk on for a dog. Unlike humans, dogs don’t tend to wear shoes, so the hot pavement can actually burn your dog’s paws and lead to blistering and other issues for your dog. How we would avoid this is by preferably walk on grass or in shaded areas. If you feel like the soles of your shoes are sticking to the pavement whilst walking, or if your dog is walking different, then you should defiantly avoid walking on the pavement.
There are other ways in which you can make sure that your pets are protected at the Stratford River Festival, but here are the main threats for your animals. If you would like to learn more about how you can protect your animals whilst at the Stratford River Festival, then tune into Welcombe Radio on Friday.