Top Tips for Keeping Your Dog Cool in Summer
SUMMER is here! This tropical hot weather has certainly been a blessing during what has been a challenging few months in lockdown. Basking on the lounger on a school day with a gin and tonic in hand? You don't need to ask us twice.
Whilst we’re absolutely living for these high temperatures and enjoying our staycations, the dogs are well and truly, HOT. Certain breeds feel the heat more than others, but all of our pooches could benefit from us taking certain measures to ensure they don’t overheat. Before we suggest some ideas you can try to keep your dog cool, let’s take a look at the signs and symptoms of a HOT dog.
What are the signs of an overheating dog?
This list may not be exhaustive, but watch out for the following symptoms:
- Panting excessively
- Generally unsettled
- Struggling to get comfortable
- Excessive drooling
- Wobbly on their feet
Dependent on the severity you may decide to call your vet, but if you think your dog just needs help cooling down, carry on reading!
The Good Ol' KONG
Useful for various things like distracting your pup when you’re out, or acting as an alternative to a food bowl, the KONG can also be filled and frozen. Examples of delicious foods to freeze in a KONG are banana, canned pumpkin, sardines or natural yoghurt. You can even try naturally flavoured water with your dog’s favourite fruit. Check out our KONG Stuffing Recipe Ideas blog for inspo!
A Cooling Mat
Cooling mats contain a special gel that cool with pressure, helping your dog to relax and get comfortable on hot days. Encourage your pup to lay on it and you may struggle to get them off! (They work for hot humans too) Some cooling mats contain a gel that is toxic to your dog if they were to chew the mat, but the AFP Chill Out Cooling Mat is safe and non-toxic. Keep those worries away and go out to enjoy the sunshine!
Soak A Summer Toy
Another option is to purchase one of the many cooling toys on offer, designed specifically for scorching days (and teething puppies!). These toys have tiny holes which you can fill with water and freeze, allowing your dog to chew away the boredom blues whilst keeping cool.
Depending on what takes your fancy, we have some funky shaped cooling toys!
Is your furry friend a water baby? If your dog goes crazy for water, bring the excitement of a swim to your back garden!
Designed specifically for pooches, the Coco Jojo Paddling Pool can be popped up in seconds and is made with a durable double-wall polyester. The fabric is designed so your dog shouldn’t slip, and there’s even a handy pocket on the side to store their favourite toys and treats! With two different sizes, there's a pool big enough for the largest of breeds or for double trouble.
Try A Cooling Robe
Traditionally, coats are made to keep us (and our dogs) warm. However, most drying robes you can soak with cold water and wrap around your dog if they are feeling the heat. Thoroughly soak the drying robe in cold water and wrap it around your dog for 10-15 minutes at a time, making sure to keep a watchful eye on them. Repeat these steps as often as you'd like.
Ruff and Tumble make stylish and affordable drying coats which are designed to fit all sizes of dog and dry them easily when wet, but you can also use them to keep your dog cool. Who doesn’t love multi-purpose items?
Build A Den!
If you have little ones (the two-legged kind), then here’s your chance for a fun family activity! Get the whole family building a den for the dog in the garden, using everyday household items such as towels, sheets and benches etc. The cool shade will no doubt be appreciated by your furry friend but the kids can also chill in it too! Keep the whole family busy and cool.
We hope these helpful tips will help to keep your dogs comfortable during the summer months. If you're nearby then make sure to call in to our Garforth store for a dog friendly ice cream or a frozen yoghurt - and maybe even a treat or two from us!
Love and woofs from The Urban Pet Store xo