Just like us humans, dogs need to keep cool during the hot weather. As temperatures soar to record heights, it is hugely important to be aware of your dog’s wellbeing and comfort in the heat. There are lots of ways in which you can keep your dog refreshed – here are our top tips for keeping your dogs cool this summer;
A Shady Spot
Most dogs will prefer lying in a shady spot in the home or garden, perhaps a tiled floor or air conditioned room, or on the grass. If this isn’t enough to keep your dog cool, then you can get specialist cooling pads for them to lie on, which will make them feel more comfortable in the heat.
Some dogs will love a kids paddling pool in a shady spot of the garden, some will like to dig in the garden as a way to cool off. Another idea is having a sprinkler on the lawn that the dog might like to go under now and again in order to keep cool. Cooling coats and collars are also a very useful thing, perhaps for older or overweight dogs who find it difficult to cool down in the hot weather, or for those without access to a shady garden.
A fresh cold bowl of water should be accessible to your dogs at all times, and you should always keep an eye out for signs of dehydration in your dog. Dogs don’t sweat, and so signs of dehydration can be lethargy, bloodshot eyes, and dry skin and coat. If you go out in the car, or even for a short walk, make sure that you take some water for your dog should they need it.
Cool Dog Snacks
There are various yummy ways to keep your dog cool in the hot weather. Some like to lick or munch ice-cubes, and a dog gravy can be used to make a giant ice block or ice-lolly. Doggie ice-cream is something that proves more popular than ever when the warmer weather hits, try healthy dog treats such as such as Billy & Margot Iced Treats and Frozzys.
As well as these fun ways to keep your dog cool, your common sense plays a massive part too. Give your dog it’s main walks very early in the morning, and late at night, avoiding the heat as much as you can while still ensuring your dog gets the exercise it needs. Not only does a dog get too hot from the direct sun, the pavement gets extremely hot and can really hurt their paws. And lastly, it should go without saying – never ever leave your dog in the car on a hot summers day.