Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer: Tips and Tricks for a Happy Pup

Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer: Tips and Tricks for a Happy Pup

As we eagerly await the arrival of summer (as we write this it may just be appearing), it's essential to start thinking about how to keep our furry friends comfortable and safe during the warmer months. Although the weather hasn't quite heated up yet, we know those sunny days are just around the corner. Here at Dogs Dogs Dogs, we want to ensure your pup stays cool and happy when the temperatures rise. Here are some top tips to help your dog beat the heat and stay safe and happy.

Keep Them Hydrated

One of the most important things you can do for your dog in the summer is to keep them hydrated. Always ensure your dog has access to fresh, cool water. We have an extensive range of stylish dog bowls in our dog bowl collection, why not have a quick look? When you're out and about, carry a portable water bowl and a bottle of water for your pup. Dehydration can happen quickly, so frequent water breaks are crucial, especially during exercise.

You don't have to force your dog to water, just ensure it is there for when they need it. The phrase "you can't lead a horse to water also applies to some particularly stubborn doggies". A dog that isn't thirsty is a happy and healthy dog. 

Provide a Cool Place to Rest

A cool, shady spot is essential for your dog to relax in. Indoors, make sure they have access to a well-ventilated area. Our Cool Mat Blue is perfect for this! Designed to help regulate your dog's body temperature, the Cool Mat Blue provides a refreshing surface for your pup to lie on, helping them stay cool even on the hottest days. It's portable and easy to use, making it ideal for both home and travel.

Look After Them in the Car

Never leave your dog in a parked car, even for a short period. Cars can heat up quickly, turning into dangerous environments for dogs. If you must travel with your dog, ensure the car is well-ventilated, and consider using a cooling mat or seat cover to keep them comfortable. Always have water available, and take regular breaks to let your dog out for fresh air and a drink.

We have written about this before in our blog and created a very useful infographic to help explain the dangers. 

Recognize the Signs of Overheating

It's crucial to recognise the signs of overheating in dogs so you can take action quickly. Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and uncoordinated movements. If you notice any of these signs, move your dog to a cooler area immediately, offer them water, and apply cool (not cold) water to their body. You can use a damp towel or place them on a cooling mat to help lower their temperature.

What to Do If Your Dog Is Too Hot

If your dog becomes overheated, it's essential to act fast. Move them to a shaded or air-conditioned area, and provide small amounts of water frequently. Use a fan to help cool them down, and apply cool, wet towels to their body, focusing on the neck, armpits, and groin. Avoid using ice or very cold water, as this can cause shock. If your dog's condition doesn't improve quickly, seek veterinary attention immediately.

Enjoy Safe Summer Fun

Summer is a wonderful time to enjoy outdoor activities with your dog, but it's important to keep their well-being in mind. Plan walks and playtime during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Always bring water and take breaks in the shade. Remember, the pavement can get very hot and burn your dog's paws, so check the ground with your hand before heading out.

As we gear up for summer, let's make sure our dogs stay cool, comfortable, and safe. With products like our Cool Mat Blue, strategically placed water bowls and a few simple precautions, you can ensure your furry friend enjoys the sunny days as much as you do. Visit our store to check out the Cool Mat Blue and other cooling products, and get ready for a fantastic summer with your pup!

You can find out more doggy-related tips by visiting the Blue Cross Charity page which has more advice on keeping your dog cool in the summer. 



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