Summer Safety Tips | Sevenoaks District Council

Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a great time of year to get outside with your dog but it's important to keep your four legged friends protected in the warmer weather.

Follow these tips to keep your dog safe this summer:

  • Walk your dog when it's cooler; early morning or late evening
  • Ensure your dog has plenty of water and shade all day
  • If you can't hold your hand on tarmac for seven seconds then it's too hot for your dogs paws
  • Most importantly, never leave your dog in a warm car, in just 20 minutes a dog could die in a hot car


There are five signs of heatstroke in dogs, make sure you look out for:

  • Heavy panting 
  • Excessive drooling 
  • Vomiting 
  • Collapsing 
  • Drowsy and uncoordinated 

If you think your dog is suffering with heatstroke, move the dog into the shade. Pour small amounts of tepid water onto their body (never cold water) and help them drink small sips of a similar temperature water. Once breathing settles, call the nearest vet.


If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999 immediately. To find out more visit