After what feels like a never-ending Winter, it’s finally time for a bout of sunshine.
While this means picnics, paddling pools and pub gardens for some, we often forget that our dogs still have a furry coat to deal with (as much as they try and shed some of it in Spring), and can’t cool down easily like us humans can with a cold beer or glass of pimms.
Here are the DogBuddy top 5 tips to keeping your dog cool in hot weather:
1. Change your routine
Dogs still need exercise, so avoid the scorching midday heat and walk your pooch either early in the morning or late at night. This will be comfortable for both you and your dog.
2. Keep hydrated
Always carry water with you. We use either a portable water carrier, or use a dog rucksack so they carry it for you! As dog’s can only cool off by panting and don’t have the ability to sweat, watch out for the signs of dehydration (listed below).
3. Watch our for the signs of dehydration
Keep an eye out for the following:
- Excessive drooling
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
4. Find a shady spot
Whether you’re out for a picnic or in the garden, find a shady spot for your dog to lay in. If you have a paddling pool (or even a garden hose) encourage your pooch to have fun in the water. Remember to wet your dog’s paws as well as their coat because they cool down from the bottom up. Our office pug, Ramón, loves to lie on a wet towel in the shade to cool down!
5. Never leave your dog
An obvious one you may think, however, 66% of people are still unaware that it may only take up to 20 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car. Cars, conservatories and caravans, even in shade, retain more heat than any open area. You should never leave your dog in a hot car; even with the window open, because they may get excited at passers-by or panic from claustrophobia. For more information visit the RSPCA website here.
Cool Doggy Products for Hot Weather
Here are a few of our favourite products to help keep a dog cool in the heat:
Natural wax to protect sunburn on paws
Have you seen any other cool new doggie products to help keep our pups cool in the heat? Let us know in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally posted in June 2015 and has been updated for accuracy.