It is no secret that the weather in the UK and Ireland is a little unpredictable and we haven’t had the sunshine we would have hoped for yet this summer, but hopefully, there’s still time!
If we do happen to get the weather we are looking for it’s always a good idea to remember the different techniques that can help keep your dog cool in summer.
In the winter dog fur is a fantastic protection against the cold. However, in the summer this can be very problematic, especially for longhaired breeds like Bernese Mountain Dogs or Yorkshire Terriers.
How Do Dogs Stay Cool
Dogs have some sweat glands in their footpads, but they generally eliminate heat by panting. However, panting often isn’t enough and their body temperature can rise to potentially fatal levels.
How to Keep a Dog Cool
Basically, if you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet. To prevent dehydration, heat stroke or possible sunburn we have put together this list of tips to keep your dog safe this summer –
- Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water. Stainless steel bowls are the easiest to clean and they are more hygienic
- Ensure your dog has access to shade at all times when outside
- Avoid going for walks between the hours of 10 am – 6 pm, it’s best to go during the cooler hours of the day, e.g. early morning or late evening
- Discuss with your vet if clipping is appropriate for your longhaired dog
- Apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if they have a particularly thin coat. Search for sunscreens that are designed specifically for dogs, and consult your vet for recommendations
- Allowing your dog to stand or lay in some water is a very effective. This is a quick way for them to cool down. A mini paddling pool is ideal for this
- Create a simple air conditioner by hanging some wet towels around your dog’s bed. A rotating fan will do wonders to reduce the heat in a room with wet or damp towels also
- And finally never leave your dog in the car, the heat inside a car can rise rapidly in warm weather and the results can be fatal
If you have any questions about this blog or have any tips of your own why not leave us a comment below! Feel free to get in touch with one of our pet experts with any questions.
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