While we may be looking forward to some glorious warm weather throughout the summer, let’s make sure our furry friends can safely enjoy it with us. We’ve put together some helpful tips to keep your dog cool during summer.
Always have access to fresh water, this one goes for you too! Just like us, dogs will get thirsty in the heat so make sure you can offer them some water. If you notice your dog is panting excessively, it is probably a sign that they are thirsty.
Before you go for a walk, check the pavements. If the ground is too hot for you, it’s too hot for their delicate paws! Try the 7 second test as recommended by Dogs Trust. To protect their paws from becoming dry or cracked you can use a Paw Protection Spray.
When it’s too hot to go on a long walk, try taking your dog for a little swim instead. This is still great exercise for them and will help them cool down. Swimming in salty water might dry out their skin, so make sure you give them a good shampoo afterwards. You should also make sure you brush out any sand or dirt that gets picked up in the coat.
If your dog likes spending time in the garden, you can set up a paddling pool to give them somewhere to cool off. If that’s not an option, then try an umbrella or tent to give them a shady spot to relax in.
When it comes to grooming and keeping your dog cool during summer, some dogs will benefit from trimming. However, dogs with double-coats actually need their layers to regulate their temperature even in warm weather. If you’re unsure of whether your dog can or needs to be clipped, check with your vet or local groomer.
Most dogs will be noticeably more inactive when it’s hot. If your dog is still quite active, plan some calming games and activities for them to help them stay cool.
Last but not least, never leave your dog in a hot car. Even with the windows down this can be dangerous for your precious pet.