Ten Tips to keep your dog cool in warm weather

Dogs can’t keep themselves cool, so you’ll need to help them. Here’s how:

  1. Don’t leave your dog in a car, even for a few minutes. An open window or a windshield screen isn’t enough to keep the car cool. If it’s 22C outside, within an hour it can be 47C inside a car and dogs die this way every year – don’t let yours be one of them.
  2. Never leave your dog in a conservatory or a caravan – that’s the same as leaving them in a car!
  3. Make sure if your dog is outside in the garden they have plenty of shade and water.
  4. Keep one room in your house cool  by drawing curtains and opening windows if there is a breeze, so your dog has somewhere to go if it is getting hot.
  5. Don’t go for a long walk in the middle of the day. Make sure you go out in the early morning or late evening, and make the walk shorter than usual.
  6. Provide your dog with plenty of water, both in the house and on walks. Why not try our H2O4K9 water bottles – they have patented lid has been designed to accommodate a dogs natural drinking style.K9 Units
  7. Remember to apply sunscreen if your dog has a light-coloured nose or ears – dogs can get sunburn just like humans and can also develop skin cancer.
  8. Be aware of the signs of heatstroke. The RSPCA has issued a checklist: heavy panting; profuse salivation; a rapid pulse; very red gums/tongue; lethargy; lack of coordination; reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing; vomiting; diarrhoea; loss of consciousness in extreme circumstances.
  9. Take action if your dog is displaying any of these symptoms. Heatstroke can be fatal so cool your dog down gradually with cool water (not cold) and let it drink small quantities of cool water until its breathing has steadied. Then take it straight to the vets.
  10. Finally, some dogs may suffer from hayfever, which can lead to skin irritations that could become infected. So make sure your take your dog to the vet if they are scratching a lot.