As the weather gradually improves and temperatures rise, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your dog cool. Some dogs, such as breeds with particularly thick coats or breathing difficulties really struggle in the heat.
Older dogs and certain breeds tend to be more at risk. However, no matter what type of dog you have, you still need to make sure they don’t overheat. Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration and heat stroke such as dizziness, difficulty breathing, excessive panting, lethargy and vomiting.
Never leave your dog in a hot car, even if all the windows are open the temperature can still be far too hot. You should also avoid walking your dog during the hottest times of the day, such as midday. Walk them early in the morning or late in the evening instead.
Try and limit how much time your dog spends outdoors in direct sunlight in the summer, and make sure they have somewhere they can take shelter from the sun. There are some ways in which you can help to prevent your dog from getting to hot. Here’s some tips on how to keep your dog cool in the summer months.
Get your dog a paddling pool for the summer and they can instantly hop in and cool down. Dogs love paddling pools and enjoy taking a dip in the refreshing water, and it’s funny watching them take a dip and splash around with their paws.
If you have access to a hosepipe, give your dog a quick spray every so often to help cool them down. Some dogs are terrified of the hosepipe, but others can’t resist trying to bite the water and run in front of the spray.
Access to fresh water
Obviously you need to ensure your dog always has access to fresh water, especially when they weather is really hot. Keep an eye on their water bowl and make sure it’s constantly topped up. Remember that your dog will drink more in the summer so you will need to fill their water bowl more often.
Misters and dog fountains
You can get misters for your garden which are fantastic way of cooling your dog down. They can just stroll through the refreshing mist whenever they need to cool off. You can also buy special dog fountains that your pooch can drink from.
Cooling jackets and beds
If your dog is at risk of heat stroke and really suffers in the summer, you may want to purchase a special cooling jacket. Cooling beds can also provide an area for your dog to relax and cool down.
Ice products for dogs
You can buy ice toys and products that are made especially for dogs, such as this Chill Out Ice Track & Thirst Quencher. These products will help cool your dog down as well as provide them with some entertainment.