With temperatures failing to dip below the high 20’s following the UK’s longest heatwave in decades, millions of dogs are struggling to keep cool. A dog who overheats will likely need veterinary attention and a high vet bill will undoubtedly be coming your way. As a responsible and loving dog owner, you don’t want to see your dog suffer in the heat. Therefore, here are my top tips for keeping your dog cool.
Before you even consider taking your dog out for a walk, you must check that it’s safe for him to go out. A simple way to check is to place your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds. If it’s uncomfortable for you, it’ll burn your dog’s paws, so avoid going out. It’s also vital that you don’t leave your hound in the car, even for a few minutes. Sadly, dogs can die in hot cars even when the windows are wound down. Therefore, if you’re heading out, leave your pet somewhere cool at home.
Avoid daytime walks
Typically, the hottest part of the day is the early afternoon, however, during a heatwave it’s often too hot for a dog to go out outside of these times. Move your walks to dawn or last thing at night where possible. Alternatively, head to grassy areas instead where the risk of your pooch scolding his paws is reduced.
Buy cooling equipment
My dog loves his cooling mat which we picked up from B&M. He sleeps on it most nights at the moment and it stays cool whatever the weather. Cooling coats, bandanas and leads are available to help make your dog more comfortable during the summer. He may find these aids a little odd at first, but persevere and award him with treats.
Doggy ice cream is a must for dogs in need of a cool and refreshing treat. For something a little healthier, fill a Kong with your pooch’s favourite food, freeze it and give to your hound to enjoy. The kids’ paddling pool is also a great way for your pet to have fun with your little ones and cool off. While, placing ice cubes in his water bowl is a nice cooling treat.
In a heatwave, it’s important owners take care of their pets and do whatever they can to keep their dogs cool. Thankfully, there are various methods and aids which allow you to achieve this.
How do you keep your dog cool in the summer?