How to keep your dog cool in the summer

Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s important to look out for any signs that your dog is struggling.

Signs of heat stroke include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive dribbling
  • Wobbling
  • Having trouble standing up
  • Bright red gums
  • A rapid pulse
  • Glazed eyes
  • Sickness

If you spot any of these signs, put your dog in cool water (avoid putting them in cold water as this can send them into shock) and be sure to seek medical attention from a vet immediately.

Is your dog more prone to overheating?

There are certain dogs that are more prone to overheating and require extra care and attention to make sure they stay hydrated. These dogs include:

Brachycephalic Breeds (flat faced and short nosed dogs) - Breathing can be more difficult for them in hot weather, so keep exercise to a minimum in warm temperatures.

Large breeds and overweight dogs - With bigger surface areas, larger dogs will overheat much faster than small dogs. Overweight dogs also have extra layers of insulation to consider. Try to keep larger dogs in the shade and limit their exercise during the middle of the day.

Dogs with thick or black coats - Dogs with thick or black coats will get hotter much faster than other dogs, it also takes them much longer to cool down. Follow our tips below to keep them safe during summer.

Top tips to keep your dog cool during summer:

  • Keep exercise short, sweet and avoid the hottest parts of the day
  • Stick to shady areas and provide shade in your garden
  • Ensure fresh water is available at all times. Think about placing fresh water in more rooms of the house to encourage hydration too
  • Use ice packs wrapped in a towel to keep their beds cool (a hot water bottle filled with cold water works just as well!)
  • Introduce a paddling pool to keep their paws cool
  • Purchase a cooling mat, cooling coat and/or cooling bandana for the hotter days
  • Keep your dog trimmed and well-groomed for summer
  • If your dog is fair furred or has short fur, apply dog friendly suncream to their nose and ears
  • Never leave your dog in a hot car

Here’s wishing you a safe and happy summer with your four-legged friend.