10 ways to keep your dog cool
Summer is finally here and the outdoors is great once again! The sunny, longer days provide hours of fun for both humans and canines alike. However, as the days are heating up keeping your dog, borrowed or owned, cool in the warmer weather is very important. Heat stroke, overheating and dehydration can be very common when the summer months roll around. So we have 10 ways to help your pup keep cool in the summer.
1) Always have water available
It may go without saying but always ensure you doggy has access to plenty of fresh and cool water. Try adding some ice cubes to their bowl for an even cooler alternative and take a portable bowl with you on walks.
2) Wet, cool towels
Draping a cool towel over your pooch can help bring their temperature down gradually. Focus around the neck, forelimbs and hind legs.
3) Paddling pools
Who doesn’t love a good paddling pool? Try getting your pup a shallow pool filled with cool water so they can paddle and sit in the hotter weather.
4) Cool accessories
For the summer months your doggy can benefit from cool accessories such as cooling vests, collars or mats. These are often stocked in local pet shops or online stores.
5) Cool treats
Humans love ice cream so why not treat your pup to a cool frozen snack. They are super simple to make at home too.
6) A cool trim
While fluffy hair is adorable, it may be best to give your pup’s coat a trim when the summer months start. This can help them keep cool in the hot weather.
7) Watch their exercise
While our four-legged friends love a game of fetch and running around the park, too much activity on a hot day can cause your pup to overheat. Dogs are often unaware of their limits so make sure to keep a close eye on them and try walking them earlier or later on in the day when the weather is cooler.
8) Head to the shade
On a sunny day your pup may naturally head to shady areas to try and keep cool, but it’s always best to make sure they aren’t spending too much time in the sun. When you’re home make sure they have access to the inside of your home, and if you’re worried, bring them in to help them cool down.
9) A cool breeze
Another great way to cool your pup down is by providing them with some cool air. This can be in the form of a fan, air con or even a cool breeze by a shaded window.
10) Things to avoid
In the warmer weather there are few things to avoid with your doggy.
- Hot pavements. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dogs paws.
- Cars. Never leave your pup in a car no matter how quick you think you may be.
- Greenhouses and conservatories. These can get very hot even on milder days.
We hope these tips may help your furry friends stay a little bit cooler this summer. If you have any concerns about your dog overheating or being dehydrated we always recommend calling your local vet. Premium members can also make use of our 24/7 vetline who are always happy to help and advise our members.