The UK recorded its hottest day of the year so far on Tuesday 26th June, as yellow heat health alerts remain in place for millions around the country.

Temperatures peaked at 28.3C (82.9F) in Wisley, Surrey, and could rise to 30C (86F) in some spots this week, forecasters say.

Scotland and Northern Ireland also recorded their hottest temperatures so far this year – although Wales did not break its previous record set in May.

So here are our usual reminders & tips to help you & your pugs get through it comfortably & safely!

  • Make sure your pug has constant access to fresh water – day and night.
    • fresh fruit, chilled or frozen, make ideal refreshing & healthy treats to help keep them hydrated.
  • Make sure your pug has constant access to shade and cool surfaces.
    • Remember to move sources of shade as the sun moves around gardens.
    • Provide cooling jackets and shallow paddling pools to enable your pug to cool down, and remember that carpets do not help pugs cool down, so indoors, provide cooling mats and swap them for a spare cool mat regularly to ensure they are cool.
    • DO NOT rely on fans alone to cool your pugs down as they are not as effective on pets as they are on us.
  • Plan your walks
    • Walk your pug in the early morning or late in the evening if the temperatures are cool enough and try to stick to shaded areas.
    • If the mornings/evenings are still warm – DO NOT walk your pug!
    • Particularly if they are overweight, have health issues, are elderly or very young.

  • The Seven Second Test
    • Tarmac can get very hot in the sun – hold your hand against the tarmac for 7 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand DO NOT walk your pug as they could burn their paws.


NEVER leave your pug in a car on a hot day – even if it’s just for a couple of minutes, or even if you have left the windows open. Pugs can die in hot cars in minutes!!!

It is important to know what to look for, where HEATSTROKE is concerned, also what to do in an Emergency! 

For more information on this, please see:

Also, so far this year the grass & tree pollen count has been very high, so this may also be having an impact on allergic pugs.

Atopic Dermatitis (Itchy skin!).



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