How to keep your dog cool
The weather is starting to change, and although this is an exciting prospect for most of us (especially in the UK!) your dog may not be feeling quite as thrilled.

10 tips for keeping your dog cool during summer:

  1. Encourage them to stay in the shade
  2. Place their feet into cool water/stand them in a paddling pool or river
  3. Ensure they have cool water to drink 
  4. Spray your dog with cool water
  5. Create a breeze with the cold setting on your hairdryer
  6. Ensure their daily walk is early in the morning or late evening to avoid the warmest periods of the day
  7. Buy a cool air fan to help circulate cold air around the room
  8. Ensure your pooch has been groomed recently and isn’t carrying an excessive coat.
  9. Give your pooch a treat for them to enjoy in the shade
  10. Adapt your walks to include areas like seas or rivers so that your dog has the option to paddle

    Does my dog have heatstroke?
    Heatstroke symptoms in dogs include:

      • Excessive panting
      • Signs of discomfort such as drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, diarrhoea, mental dullness or loss of consciousness, uncoordinated movement, and collapse.
      If your dog is experiencing any of the above symptoms, immediately remove your dog from the hot environment and let your dog drink as much cool water as they want without forcing them to drink. If you can, place a cool, water-soaked towel on it’s back. Try not to panic and get to the vets as fast as safely possible. Whilst in the car travel with the windows open and the air conditioning on.