• Nutrition & Wellbeing

9 tips to keep your dog cool this summer

Plus 6 signs of heat stroke to look out for

Written by Dr. Steph Wenban

July 23, 2019

1. Avoid walkies while the sun’s out

Instead, walk your dog early in the morning or in the evening when the temp is lower and the roads aren’t so hot.

2. Check the temperature of the road

Before heading out for a stroll, check the temperature of the ground by placing your hand on the pavement and roads. If you can’t hold your hand for any longer than 7 seconds, then it’s too hot for your pup’s paws.

Remember: It’s not only roads and pavements that get too to trot. Astroturf, bricks, and artificial grass can also heat up in the sun.

3. Get the air flowing

It’s true that dogs can cool themselves down by panting. But in high humidity, this is less effective. So on extra sticky days, do your four-legged friend a favour and set them up with a fan or air conditioning.

4. Take your pup for a dip

You don’t necessarily need a pool or close proximity to a beach to treat your dog to a swim. If you have a sprinkler or paddling pool, set it up somewhere in the shade and let your dog have a splash. Alternatively, if you don’t have a garden, run a nice cool bath for your pup to chillax in instead.

5. Cool down with a cooler mat or jacket

If your pup really seems to be struggling, consider getting them a cooler mat or jacket.

6. Freeze those treats!

We all know how helpful an ice cold treat can be in getting us through a scorching hot day. Well, the same goes for our pawed pals. When the temperature spikes, pop a few of their treats in the freezer before handing them out. Better yet, if they have a KONG or treat dispenser, fill it with one of these freezable recipes.

7.  Be mindful of short-nosed breeds

Because of their short noses, brachycephalic breeds (like Pugs, Bulldogs, etc.) have a harder time panting and cooling themselves down in the heat. So on extra hot days, be careful not to overdo it. Cut back on exercise and make sure they always have access to shade and water.

8. Keep the water coming

We know this one goes without saying. But on hot days, keep your pup’s water bowls full and fresh at all times. 

9. Look out for signs of heat stroke

Whenever the temperature soars, always keep your eyes peeled for signs of heatstroke. These include

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Dribbling

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhoea

  • Seizures

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