How to keep your dogs cool in the heat

We are all feeling the heat in the Summer sun especially our canine friends

Here are a few tips on how to keep them cool

  • Do not leave your dog in a car for any period of time
  • Only take your dog for a walk early morning or later on at night, as the suns rays increase the temperature of the pavement causing burns and painful pads
  • Walk only on grass areas where possible
  • If they have long fur or require grooming as a general maintenance of their coat, go slightly shorter on their trim this time. Their fur does also offer protection against the UV rays so not too short, as sunburn can also be painful and damaging
  • Pamper your dogs with wet towels, this will help them cool down and stay cooler for longer by leaving their coats wet
  • Make some dog friendly ice treats for them to crunch on, frozen apple slices is a favourite of my dogs
  • Ensure they have an ample supply of fresh clean water, kept in a non-metallic bowl and in the shade


Cooling Down

You will notice that your furry friend will be panting more, this is to help circulate air through their bodies to help them cool down

Dogs can not sweat through their skin like humans do, extreme and increased panting can also be a sign of heat stroke

Lots of dogs do like to lay in the sun when they can but typically know their own limits, and will seek the shade when they need to. Ensure there are places for them to keep cool and keep out of the sun

Extra Measures

There are some products you can use to keep your dog cool, such as a self cooling mat, this is a bed for them to lay on which is filled with a non-toxic gel, which is 5-10 degrees lower than the room temperature

As you can see Bonny is thoroughly enjoying her cooling mat


There are also cooling vests, which you can soak in water and put on your dog to help keep them wet, therefore cooler for longer

You can also consider buying your pets their own paddling pool for the garden

Consider all animals in the extreme heat, it is not so easy for them to make themselves a cold drink and head inside to the sofa


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  1. Tracy Nixon
    14/11/2018 / 05:11

    My poor puppy struggled over this Summer! It was far too hot for our canine friends! Thanks for the tips!

  2. bev
    14/11/2018 / 08:37

    My dogs have hair that continually grow so they got an extreme haircut in summer – however the oldest one still hogged the fan! They enjoyed their paddling pool, too.

  3. Louise Reeks
    14/11/2018 / 08:57

    I got my dog a doggie paddling pool. Was scared off it at first but soon liked it. I also used to put damp towel on floor for him to lay on

  4. lesley renshaw
    14/11/2018 / 10:27

    More people need to read this post. Have shared x

  5. Dion petrie
    14/11/2018 / 12:09

    Thanks for the tips

  6. Anthony Harrington
    14/11/2018 / 12:18

    doggies can overheat very quickly, we are always keeping an eye on room temps in the summer

  7. Lindsey Stuart
    14/11/2018 / 13:02

    I love all your tips! The cooling mat looks fantastic, I didn’t know you could get them until I read your post. Thank you.

  8. Margaret Gallagher
    14/11/2018 / 14:16

    Great read – certainly come in handy for next year’s summer

  9. Rebecca Nisbet
    14/11/2018 / 20:58

    you could do with re posting this back in summer, the tips are really handy.

  10. Chloe Taylor
    14/11/2018 / 21:21

    Aww super cute dog! Very handy tips for our two Bedlington Terrier puppies for next summer.

  11. Fiona jk42
    29/11/2018 / 16:42

    useful advice for dog owners. My cats loved the heat and even my long-haired cat would sunbathe to the extent that her fur became really hot to touch. However, I always made sure they had a bowl of water to drink when they tired of the sun.

  12. Dawn Harrison
    03/12/2018 / 20:18

    My dog loves vegetables so I make him mini vegetable ice lollies/ice cubes to either lick or to float in his water bowl to keep the water cool.

  13. Louise A
    15/12/2018 / 00:47

    When we travel and its more difficult to keep the dogs cool we keep a flannel and a bottle of water in the car. We then dampen the flannel and run it over their face and neck and it seems to help them cool down

  14. 15/12/2018 / 08:30

    My sister has a cool bed so I will try one of these next year I just kept my doggy in and well hydrated

  15. paula cheadle
    15/12/2018 / 11:52

    cool idea, for next summer

  16. Sharon Catterall
    15/12/2018 / 23:23

    my mitzi loved swimming in our pool in the summer

  17. Charlotte Williams
    08/04/2019 / 21:19

    Great advice for dog owners like me who often worry in hot weather about overheating. We have a spaniel with thick fur so keep him as trimmed as possible in the summer

  18. Ritchie Dee
    23/08/2019 / 12:58

    Good advice thanks

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