In the summertime when the weather is hot, you should make sure you’re taking care of your dog. In the summertime, have your puppy, have your poochy on your mind…
Well, that was fun! But, seriously, now that the warmer months are approaching, our pets will certainly start to feel the heat.
But what is there you can do to keep your dog cool in hot weather? “Plenty” is the answer.
Here are just five easy tips:
You know those “ice pop” moulds you can get in any supermarket? Dissolve some gravy in boiling water, let it cool, pop it in one of these moulds and then freeze until, well, frozen!
Then, on a hot day, pull it out the freezer and hand over to your pup!
Give your dog their very own "paddling pool”
Pooches who love the water will, naturally, love it even more during the hot months. The good thing about this is that the water will keep your dog cool.
So why not spend a few quid on a paddling pool for kids - the perfect size for poochies! If your dog is a beach bum, a dip in the sea is just as good.
Watch for signs of dehydration
Dogs cool off by panting, so a dog that is feeling the heat will be extremely drooly.
They will also become lethargic, have bloodshot eyes, and, if you lift its skin, it will take longer to fall back into place.
An easy way to counter this is to ensure there is always fresh, cold water in an easily accessible bowl. Simple!
Our Vet, Dr Scott Miller goes into more detail here on what to look out for if your dog becomes to warm!
Let your dog dig!
This might not be the ideal tip for keen gardeners, but your dog may end up resorting to finding their own way to avoid the heat.
Dogs dig to find food, hide, give birth… or to keep cool! If you have a shady area in your garden which is seldom used, let them dig.
Don’t go for walkies when it’s BAKING outside
If it’s 25C at 1pm, maybe don’t take doggy around the block. Instead, go for walkies in the cooler part of the day, when the sun isn’t beating down.
Ideal times for this are early in the morning and then in the evening hours.
Bonus: Never leave your dog in a parked car
This should go without saying, really.
Even if your car is parked “in the shade”, it keeps a lot of heat. Also, when in the car, a dog may become agitated if mistaking passers-by for mum and dad, or panic from claustrophobia - and this can cause dehydration.
If you’re in the car, make sure you have your AC running and that you have water to give them, once stopped.
If you have any questions about health and safety for dogs during the summer months, don’t hesitate to get in touch; we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and happy to help!
Asking the very important question, can my dog go out during a heatwave? Read our blog by Vet Dr Scott Miller and Barking Heads to find out!
*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*