The DOs and DONTs when trying to help your dog stay cool in this heatwave (some might surprise you).
We’re all sweltering in this heatwave and we humans are lucky enough to be able to sweat to cool ourselves down, or have a tasty ice cream! Our dogs not only have delightful furry coats, they don’t have the luxury of sweating, cooling down is more challenging for them so imagine how they feel!
NEVER, EVER leave your dog in the car. Even a car with its windows down can become fatally hot in minutes.
Here are the Posh Pet tips that will help your dog stay cool!
- (This goes without saying but) ALWAYS have fresh, cool, water available to drink. Some dogs may even enjoy an ice cube or two to keep their water cool but don’t offer ice cold water!
- Do not take your dog out when the sun is at its hottest, between 9am and 4pm or anytime when the temperature is soaring for that matter! This might mean you having to get up at 6am or taking a late night stroll. No one likes an early morning, some pooches may even protest at getting out of their comfy beds! However health benefits far out weight the inconvenience. The fact is, taking your dog out in temps over 25 degrees is a serious risk to their health.
- Always check the pavement before going for a walk. Even in temperatures of 24 degrees, pavement can be hot enough to burn your furry friends pads. You may look a little silly but the best test is to lay the back of your hand or bare foot on the ground, if you can’t hold it on the floor for 10 seconds, it’s too hot for your pup to walk on!
- If your dog is getting too hot: DO NOT hose your dog or throw ice cold water over them in an attempt to keep them cool. This will shock their blood vessels into constricting which will further limit their ability to loose heat
- Instead, Do provide a cool, damp, towel for your dog to lie on in the shade. Re-wet the towel with cool water, to make sure it stays refreshing.
- If you’re feeling extra, provide a paddling pool for your dog (as long as the water is not freezing) they will enjoy taking a dip to cool off
- Make your dog a doggy ice lolly – freeze some of their food with water for a delicious refreshing snack (just run some water over it before you give it to them to make sure their tongues don’t stick!)
- If your dog is really struggling dampen their fur and sit a fan in front of them, this will simulate sweating and help them to loose heat
- Put their needs before your own, yes it’s very nice going and sitting in the sun having a picnic but it’s really not for them. Either leave them at home or pitch up your picnic under some nice shade with a picnic bowl of water for your furry friends.
- Know your dogs breed – all dogs are vulnerable to overheating but some, especially short faced (brachycephalic) dogs, such as Frenchies, Pugs and Cavaliers are much more vulnerable as they can’t pant to cool themselves down as effectively. If you’re unsure how your breed is affected by hot weather, do a little research before you take them out!
Of course the sun is fab and please enjoy it with your dog because they love it too. By enjoying the sun safely, you can ensure you have many years of sunny adventures! A £500 vet bill because your dog has overheated is a surefire way to ruin your day at the beach!
Enjoy and share with your friends to make sure everyone’s dogs stay safe!