Keeping Your Dog Cool
Tips and advice on keeping your dog cool
- Keeping Your Dog Cool
Keeping Your Dog CoolThe Dog Blog General Posts 27.06.2018
When the summer months roll around, keeping your dog cool should be at the forefront of your mind, at all times. Below we outline some of the key areas to consider, to keep your dog happy and healthy through the warmth.
Never leave your dog in the car
Closed cars are a heat trap. Think about if you get into your car after its been out in the sun, it’s unbearable sometimes. Imagine leaving your dog in that, even for a few minutes. No manner of the window being open will counter the kind of heat experienced here. Never leave your dog in the car, for any reason. If they cannot join you when you go out, leave them at home. Otherwise, only go out to places where they can join you.
Keep your house cool
Open the windows, have a fan on and available for your dog to be near if they choose. Close the curtains to stop any sunlight from entering the room.
Plenty of water
Ensure that your dog has access to plenty of water throughout the day. Ideally replace it as it is consumed, keeping it both fresh and cool. Use ice too if you can, for added refreshing and cool water. If you are leaving your dog for a few hours, ensure there is enough to last for that time.
Take care as to when you exercise
Walking your dog is a fun and exciting experience for them. However, in the summer, you are far better doing this early in the morning, or later in the evening, when the air temperature and sunlight are not such a factor. You should avoid walking your dog during the high-temperature parts of the day (really anything between 11am and 5pm should be avoided, if possible). At all times, ensure you have enough water with you for both your dog and yourself, no use either of you becoming dehydrated.
Check the pavements
If it is too hot on the pavements for you to stand in bare feet, then it is too hot for your dog to stand on them too. Ensure you touch the pavements with your hand before setting out on a walk. If it is hot to the touch, think again about taking your dog out. If you are to walk your dog, keep to the grass, otherwise wait until the pavements have cooled enough in the evening to be safe.
Keep an eye on at-risk dogs
Old and over-weight dogs, or dogs with heart and breathing problems, can be more prone to heatstroke. Ensure you keep an eye on these dogs in particular, during the hot weather.
Groom your dog
If your dog has long hair, remove any mats and tangles. This will help to keep them cool.
Be aware of any signs of over-heating
If your dog is feeling hot or unwell, you need to keep an eye out for the signs. They may not make you aware that a problem exists, so make regular wellbeing checks on them.
Some over-heating signs to watch out for;
- Heavy panting
- Heavy drooling
- Trouble with breathing
- Rapid heartbeat
If your dog shows any signs of the above, or you are in any doubt whatsoever about their health, contact and visit a vet immediately.