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How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer

Top Tips for keeping your dog cool in the heat of Summer.

So it’s finally here, the sun is out and blazing down on us with a heatwave on the way.

Here are our tips and advice for keeping your dog cool throughout the hot periods.

Don’t leave your dog in the car! It’s an obvious one but we still see dogs left in cars over summer. Even with the window down a little it is still like putting your pooch in a green house – and you’d never leave your dog in a greenhouse, so don’t leave them in a car.

Keep the house cool – while your at work in your air conditioned office your pet could be sat at home. Remember to keep the house as cool as you can for them. Pull curtains to keep the direct sunlight out.

Keep the water topped up – like us when its hot your dog needs even more water, keep the bowl filled with cold water to help them stay cool. Refrigerated water may also be welcome, or even throw in some ice cubes – your dog will thank you for this.

Make sure the ground isn’t too hot for them – Midday walks may seem like a nice idea but be aware of how hot the paths and roads are. It is easy to damage or even burn paws when it gets this hot.

Make cool treats – Ice cubes are always a hit, or you could freeze some water in their chew toys to give them a nice chilly treat.

These are signs that your dog may be overheating or become unwell because of the heat. Always call a vet if you are not sure.

  • Heavy panting

  • Heavy drooling

  • Trouble breathing

  • Rapid heartbeat

  • Dark or red gums and tongue

  • Dizziness

  • Weakness

  • Agitation

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