Top tips for keeping your dog cool this summer
With the hottest days of the year upon us, we understand you want to be outside enjoying the sunshine alongside your dog. Whether you read our article on outdoor activities to do with your dog or are planning a holiday with our dog friendly holiday guide, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure their health and wellbeing while spending time in the sun this summer.
Day to day care
If you’re staying in on a hot day, ensure your pup has a room to relax and cool off in and provide them with fresh water throughout the day. You could also provide them with a fan near their bed which can help on hot nights too.
We can’t always prevent our dogs from following us around, even when we tell them to go and lay down because it’s too hot. If you want to spend time in the sun but you’re worried about your dog, provide a shady spot near you with an umbrella and maybe a paddling pool that they can dip in and out of. A paddling pool is also a great way for them to play and wear off some of their energy while waiting for their evening walk.
Even on hot days, your dog may still require their daily walk. Of course, this depends on your dog and their health but it is a good idea to keep up their routine. It is recommended to take them early in the morning before the temperature increases and in the evening when it has started to cool down again. As a general rule, if the pavement is too hot for you to put your hand on for a few seconds, it will be too hot for your dog’s paws.
Adventures away from home
If you are planning on taking a long walk or a day out that involves your dog, then you may need a little extra planning.
Whether you are enjoying a picnic in the park or exploring outdoors, you will need to look for shade for your dog so they can rest and cool off after walking or sitting in the sun. Remember to pack a water bowl and some fresh water, so you can offer them a drink every so often.
You know your dog and their health the best and will know how much they can handle. Keep an eye on them at all times to check for signs of exhaustion or heat stroke. Take breaks when you can to sit and cool down for a few minutes before carrying on with whatever activity you may be doing!
Signs of Heatstroke
- Excessive panting and dribbling
- Increased heart rate
Action to take
- Cool water on coat
- Cool place and offer water
- Call vet
If you want to find out more about preventative care for heat or visiting the beach with your pooch, you can read our article on beach safety here.
We hope you have a wonderful summer in the sun with your favourite furry friend and don’t forget to share your photos with us across our social media!