Keeping Your Dog Cool In Warm Weather
Summer is pretty much here and the weather is gradually starting to get warmer. It’s time to start thinking about keeping your dog cool. Prevent your dog from getting heat stroke and dehydration by being sensible and finding ways to make sure they are cool. Here are some tips for keeping your dog cool as the weather gets warmer.
Access to fresh water
Always provide your dog with access to fresh, clean water. Keep an eye on them to ensure they are drinking enough. Top up their water regularly and double check whether they have enough water before you go out.
Avoid walking during hottest times of the day
Try and walk your dog early in the morning and late in the evening when it’s a bit cooler, especially in the height of the summer. They may become overheated and exhausted if you walk them at midday when the sun is at its hottest.
Provide them with somewhere to cool off
Get your dog a small paddling pool to cool off in. They will appreciate the opportunity to get wet and cool down a little.
Access to shade
Make sure your dog has access to shade and is not forced to sit in direct sunlight. Provide them with shelter from the sun so they can get away from the heat.
Avoid hot pavements and surfaces
Some pavements and surfaces can get extremely hot in warm weather and can sometimes burn your dog’s paw pads. Avoid walking your dog on hot surfaces during the summer.
Reduce exercise during hot periods
It’s important not to over exercise dogs in hot weather. Reduce their walk slightly and avoid intense exercise and long periods of playtime with other dogs.
Never leave your dog in the car
Lots of dogs die in cars every years because owner’s leave them for too long in the heat. Don’t leave your dog in the car, even for only ten minutes when the weather is warm.
Look out for signs of dehydration
Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration such as dizziness, difficulty breathing, excessive panting, lethargy and vomiting.
Buy a cooling dog bed
You can get dog beds that help to keep your dog cool. Provide them with a cool, comfortable bed to go to when it’s hot. Take a look at our range of dog beds on our website