How to keep your dog cool in the summer

The heat wave might be giving us a break for now, but the summery weather will be coming back to the UK. As much as we humans might enjoy the high temperatures, our pooches can have a hard time when the thermometers hit the 30-degree-mark. Here’s our top tips on how you can still make the hot weather enjoyable for your four-legged friend.

ALWAYS STAY ALERT

First of all, you need to know what you’re looking out for. Some breeds take the heat better than others, so keep an eye on your dog’s behaviour and watch out for symptoms of overheating. These can be excessive panting, dry gums that might even turn pale, increased salivation and general weakness. You know your pooch best, so just stay alert to spot any behaviour that is out of the ordinary and you can both have a fun summer!

If you think your dog is prone to become overheated, keep on reading for tips to make their life a little bit easier during the summer months.

EXPLORE THE NATURE AROUND YOU

If you have the opportunity to take your dog on a country walk, now’s the time to do so! Not only will that spare their paws from hot pavements, it might also be a chance for the both of you to catch some natural shade. Also, your pooch will be taken away from busy streets which makes it easier for them to relax and stay cool in the summer heat.

OFFER YOUR DOG WAYS TO COOL DOWN

Your dog will love a way to cool down on hot summer days. Whether it’s a lake, a pond or a river to jump in or just a little paddling pool in your back garden – they’ll love splashing around. If that’s not possible, soak a towel in cool water and offer your dog to lie down on it so they can cool their tummy. Keep in mind that the water should be cool, not cold and don’t let your dog eat ice cubes as such extreme measures could raise their body temperature even higher.

ALWAYS HAVE SOME WATER READY

We humans are constantly reminded to take a bottle of water with us when it’s hot. But what about our furry companions? Especially in a place where there’s no natural source of water you should always have an additional water bottle for your dog. If you’ve got a collapsible bowl that’s great, but if you don’t, your pooch won’t mind drinking out of your hands.

TIME YOUR WALKIES RIGHT

Timing is everything. In life, in love and especially in hot weather. If you know it’s going to be a hot day, planning can really take the edge off a sweaty schedule. Walk your dog early in the mornings and late in the evenings to avoid the hottest times of a day. In any case, make sure your dog still gets the daily exercise needed to stay healthy. Join the Pack now and rest assured you will not lose track of your pooch’s daily exercise – even in the hottest of times!