Essential Tips For Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer
We all look forward to the summer, it's such a wonderful time of year to be filled with outdoor adventures with four-legged friends, BBQs and plenty of socialising. However, keeping our dogs cool throughout the warmer weather becomes a very important priority once temperatures start to rise...
Did you know that dog's can't sweat through their skin like humans can? They rely on panting, releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to keep cool.
So, let's dive into summer by looking at some of the dangers faced by dogs and some brilliant ideas to help our four-legged friends cope and enjoy a happy, healthy summer keeping cool!
If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they will develop heatstroke which can kill.
If a dog is displaying any signs of heatstroke, move them to a cool, shaded area and call a vet immediately.
What are the signs of heatstroke?
- Is the dog panting unusually heavily
- Is the dog drooling excessively
- Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated
- Is the dog collapsed or vomiting
First Aid Treatment for heatstroke
- Move him/her to a shaded/cool area.
- Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock. If possible, you can also use wet towels or place him/her in the breeze of a fan.
- Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water.
- Continue to douse the dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle but never so much that he/she begins to shiver.
Once the dog is cool, take him/her to the nearest vet as a matter of urgency.
Heatstoke information from RSPCA
Keep your dog cool on walks and even indoors with a cool coat is a summer essential. The Hurtta Motivation Cooling Vest is a perfect solution, simply dip in cold water – wring out – cool down! The vest cools and gives your dog a feeling of comfort on hot days. Protects the heart region and chest, vital for circulation. The material has a double absorption capacity in comparison with terry cloth coats. Sizes XXS-S have attachment loops for leash.
All For Paws Chill Out Ice Bandana is a great way to protect dogs from heat stroke. The stylist water splash design bandana is easy to use - just soak in water and place around the dogs neck. Includes velcro fastening for ease of use. Hand wash with soap and water.
A cooling matt is perfect for indoors and outdoors, we recommend the All For Paws Chill Out Always Cool Dog Mat. The special cooling gel in the inner lining keeps the mat surface cool even in Summer. Once your dog lays on the cooling mat, the body temperature will decrease. No refrigeration is needed.
Most dogs adore water games and it is a great way to keep them happy and exercised in hot weather. Hosepipes and sprinklers are all exciting and a safe way to play in hot weather. If you are pet parents that enjoy an adventure on the water, make sure your dog is safe with a Hurtta Outdoors Dog Life Jacket
There are also some fun dog water toys which make for great summer games. Hydro Squeeze toys by Chuckit are fantastic & many float too.
Billy + Margot Nutritious Iced Treats for dogs. What could be better than an 'Ice-Treat' specially made for your dog! Just like a doggie ice-cream, although for technical reasons and a lack of dairy product, we named them 'Iced treats’ instead. All of our treats are fun, refreshing and 100% vegetarian.
Given a regular supply of water to drink, your dog should not dehydrate. Make sure that your dog always has a fresh bowl of water available to them. Ensure to take water with you on walks & car journeys.
Signs of dehydration; loss of skin elasticity, mouth dryness and eyes sunken. Contact a vet asap if you notice any of theses symptoms.
Top Tip: Add ice cubes to your dogs water bowl to keep the water cold and refreshing.
Protecting little noses, paws and ears in the sun
Pet balms can be used in the summer months to protect the snout, outer ear and pad areas from UVA and UVB rays, as well as any exposed skin. We recommend the following balms for a happy, healthy pet;
Never leave your pet in a hot car, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it's just for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) which can result in death.