Keeping dogs cool in the summer

Friday, 28th June 2019

Dogs can quickly and fatally overheat not only are most of them covered in thick hair they also cannot sweat so to keep cool they must rely on panting and releasing heat through the pads on their paws.  

Swimming, early morning and evening walks are effective ways of avoiding the worst of the sun. If you think your dog is showing signs of being affected by heatstroke it is best to contact your vet immediately.

If you see a dog showing signs of heatstroke in a car the RSPCA reco

mmends to dial 999.

Signs of heatstroke in dogs include heavy panting and dribbling.

There are some things you can do to help your dogs stay cool, some of these are simple common sense such as making sure they have plenty of water in their bowl, and even using a travel bowl on walks to keep them hydrated.

If you have a dog with a short nose, a senior dog or one that is carrying a few extra pounds be extra vigilant as these dogs are more prone to heatstroke when exercising.

Early morning and late evening walks are perfect ways to help your dog avoid the hottest part of the day. 

Swimming is excellent exercise and will help keep them cool. If your dog is a swimmer that is!

Watch out for pavements you can fry an egg on!

Below you can find some products to keep your dog cool this summer!

Cooling products for dogs

Cooling vests for dogs