Top Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool in Hot Weather

Dogs 

Hot weather can be uncomfortable and dangerous for dogs. Read our top tips for keeping your dog cool in hot weather.

Are dogs okay in hot weather?

A dog can overheat very quickly, and you should always take steps to ensure that your dog is coping okay. Even at temperatures as low as 20 degrees Celsius, dogs are at risk of heatstroke, which can be fatal in as little as 15 minutes.


Our tips for keeping your dog cool in Summer

Adjust your walking routine

It may be tempting to head out for a nice long walk on a hot, sunny day, but this can carry risks for your dog. Walk your dog early in the morning or in the evening when the ground is cooler. This will not only protect their paws but be more comfortable for them.

Hot pavements, asphalt, and artificial grass can burn their paws and cause severe pain, even on short walks. Even on a pleasant, breezy day, the temperature of asphalt and tarmac can rise to 52°C when the sun is at its hottest. 

Top tip: If you’re not sure if the pavements are too hot, place the back of your hand on the ground for seven seconds. If you struggle to hold it down, it’s too hot to walk your dog.

Know how to spot heatstroke

Heatstroke is one of the most common illnesses in dogs during warm weather and happens when your dog is no longer able to regulate its body temperature. 

Symptoms include excessive panting and drooling, very red gums, vomiting or diarrhea, and weakness.

If left unchecked, heatstroke can be fatal. It’s important to keep an eye on your dog during hot weather to ensure they don’t overheat. 

Never leave them alone in a car, even with the windows open, and make sure they have plenty of shady spots in the garden and the house to retreat to when things get too hot.

If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from heatstroke, please take them to a vet immediately.

Apply dog-friendly sun cream

Just like humans, dogs can suffer from sunburn if they’re not properly protected. Breeds with short or white hair with pink ears are more at risk, so you need to be extra careful to shield them from the sun’s rays. 

Applying dog-specific sun cream to the sensitive areas of your dog (nose, lips, tips of the ears, and belly) and keeping them out of the sun during the hottest part of the day is essential. 

Speak to your local vet for advice on dog-friendly sun cream and your pet’s needs.

Circulate cool air 

Keep your home cool and comfortable by setting up a few fans in various rooms or, if you have it, air conditioning. This will help prevent your dog from becoming too hot and give them a refreshing place to retreat to when they get too warm.

Keeping curtains or blinds drawn will also minimize the amount of heat that comes through windows. If you have tiled floors, be aware that these too can get very hot if they’re in direct sunlight. 

Remember to keep oscillating fans and exposed cables out of paws' reach to keep your dog safe.

Products to help your dog in the sun:

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Keep them hydrated

Dogs need to drink plenty of water during warm weather to prevent dehydration. Providing lots of fresh, clean water is essential, whether at home, in the garden, or out on walks.

There are lots of ways you can encourage your dog to drink more, including playing with garden sprinklers, making pet ice lollies, and flavoring their drinking water, we would recommend using Husse's Laxolja in their drink. 

You may also want to invest in a travel water bowl or portable bottle to ensure they have something to drink while out and about. If you get stuck, they’ll happily drink out of your hands.

Damp towel

Dogs cool themselves down from the bottom up, so their paws and stomach mustn’t get too hot. 

Laying out damp towels or blankets for them to lie on is a simple, effective way to keep your dog cool in the heat. Simply run the towel under a cold tap and wring out the excess water to create a portable cooling mat anywhere in your house or garden.

Remember to refresh it regularly to maintain the effect. You could also invest in a cool-mat, these are a great way for keeping your dog cool and are readily available online.

Other dog products:

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Boll, S | Bouncing rubber ball

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Laxolja, 300 ml | Premium salmon oil that supports healthy skin & shiny coat

Tasty meal topper & a perfect energy source

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Olly is a thirteen-year-old Bichon Frise, Who has been on Husse for the last 6 years. Being a white-haired pink-skinned dog he is prone to skin issues however ever since using Husse laxolja salmon oil and Ocean care mini salmon dog food he has been In perfect condition with no skin problems arising. Thank you Husse for taking care of my boy!

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