The summer holidays are here, the kids are at home and your thoughts are probably turning to how you are going to keep your 'little loves' occupied for the next 6 weeks. However, with temperatures set to soar in the next few days it's important not to forget about helping your dog stay cool and comfortable in the heat. Check out our top tips, as well as some neat products to help keep them cool.
- Try offering your dog a wet towel to lay on.
- Put a few ice cubes in their water dish. Make sure fresh water is always available.
- Get the paddling pool out and offer your dog some shallow cool water to wade or play in.
- Make sure there is plenty of shade for your dog - we know some dogs just want to be wherever their owners are!
- Bring your dog inside. The small space of an outside kennel can turn into an oven during summer!
- If you go out for a walk take some water with you for your dog.
- Only go out early morning or in the evening when it's cooler. Pavements can burn a dogs paws when it's hot!
- One to reiterate, don't leave your dog in the car! Not even just for a couple of minutes.
- Don't assume if your dog is willing to play that he isn't actually overheating or suffering. Dogs are eager to please and will often continue to play until their bodies can't take any more. So limit exercise on hot days.
TOP COOLING PRODUCTS
We have some great cooling dog products in stock that we are sure your dog will love!
Rosewood Pet Cool Mat
This cooling pad is activated by weight or pressure and re-charges itself as your pet moves. I bought one for my Labradoodle 2 weeks ago and he will now only lay and sleep on this mat! Click to shop.
Rosewood Portable Leaf Travel Bottle
Perfect for walks and pets on the move. This acts as water bottle, dispenser and bowl - all in one! With an added clip for attaching to leads and bags. Click to shop.
Rosewood Cool Down Foldable Pool
The perfect pet-proof pool for your dog. No inflating needed. Simply fold out and add water! Click to shop.
Rosewood Reflective Swim-Easy Life Jacket
Keep them safe while they enjoy cooling off this summer. With added reflective strips and a handle on top! Click to shop.
Rosewood Luxury Cool Down Bed
A cooling bed to help them stay cool and comfortable on hot days. Click to shop.
WOULD YOU KNOW HOW TO RECOGNISE HEAT STOKE OR DEHYDRATION IN YOUR DOG?
The signs of heatstroke
- Panting and rapid breathing
- Excessive drooling
- Being unusually restless
- Being overly fatigued
- Vomiting or diarrhoea
- Bright red tongue
- Very red or pale gums
- Staggering and unsteady
If you suspect your dog has heatstroke you should bring them inside and begin to slowly cool them down. Cooling too quickly could lead to shock. Use cool wet towels for them to lay on. Put a fan on near them. Offer them cool water (but don't force them to drink). Take their temperature every 5 minutes. Contact your vet.
The signs of dehydration
- Dry mouth, nose and gums
- Sluggish and lethargic behaviour
- Slow responses and depression
- Fast breathing and/or panting
If you think your dog is dehydrated bring him inside and offer him fresh, cool water to drink. Don't force them to drink. You could encourage them to drink by adding chicken stock or carrot juice to their water. Contact your vet if you are concerned.